"two-and-a-half years working as a core contributor" to Kinect's fancy human tracking math.
He admits it was "extremely difficult" to leave "many great colleagues in Redmond," but he's answered Google's call and joins a "special projects team".
Johnny Chung Lee made name for himself hacking Wiimotes and turning them into multi-purpose wands of wonderment, like a 'multi-point interactive whiteboard'.
"Very recently, I have left Microsoft to join a special projects team at Google. After more than 2 and a half years working as a core contributor to the human tracking algorithms for Kinect, it was an extremely difficult decision and I leave behind many great colleagues in Redmond," the Kinect magician.
"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." He adds: "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." Good luck Johnny Chung Lee - give Google some tech hell.