One of the key developers of Microsoft’s Kinect sensor has quit the company and moved to Google.

Johnny Chung Lee, who worked in Microsoft’s Applied Sciences group, announced his departure in a blog posting on Tuesday:

“It was a wild ride, helping Kinect along through the very early days of incubation (even before it was called “Project Natal”) all the way to shipping 8 million units in the first 60 days. It’s not often you work on a project that gets a lavish product announcement by Cirque du Soleil and a big Times Square Launch party. The success of Kinect is a result of fantastic work by a lot of people. I’m also very happy that so many other people share my excitement about the technology.

It was great to be a part of such a unique project. I look forward to seeing all the creative and unexpected ways that game developers will use the data from the camera to create fun experiences.”
Via [Winrumor]