Johnny Lee (computer scientist)

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Johnny Chung Lee (born 1979) a computer engineer famous for his inventions related to the Wii Remote. He is involved with human-computer interaction.

This was the subject for his presentation at the prestigious TED conference in the same year, where he demonstrated several such applications. The WiimoteProject forum has become the discussion, support and sharing site for Lee's Wii Remote projects and other newer developments.

  • he was named one of the world's top 35 innovators under 35 (TR35) in 2008.
  • after that, Lee was hired by Microsoft to work on their Kinect project
  • At some point he was hired at Google to work on their Project Tango.

He is currently working at Google [2][3]

Lee's other projects include an interactive whiteboard, 3D head tracking, finger tracking, and a DIY telepresence robot.[4]

Lee's YouTube videos have received over 10 million views, with the Wii Remote head tracking project being his most viewed. He also demonstrated several of these applications at events such as TED, and has been featured on popular websites such as Slashdot, Gizmodo, hackedgadgets, Popular Science, Wired Blogs and Engadget several times. Various magazines, newspapers and television programs have featured interviews with Lee, and he has also made appearances at events such as Maker Faire.

Electronic Arts had initially stated that Lee's Wii Remote head tracking technology would appear as an Easter egg in the game Boom Blox,[5] but later announced that the feature had been removed.[6]

While Lee was a core member of Microsoft's Kinect development team, he approached Adafruit with the idea of a driver development contest and personally financed it.[7]


  1. ^ "Johnny Chung Lee - Academics".
  2. ^ Lee, Johnny (January 18, 2011). "Hi, Google. My name is Johnny". Retrieved 2011-01-18.
  3. ^ Official Project Tango website, retrieved 2015-11-24
  4. ^ Lee, Johnny (February 9, 2011). "Low-Cost Video Chat Robot". Retrieved 2011-02-11.
  5. ^ Miller, Ross (February 21, 2008). "GDC08: Boom Blox to include head tracking". Engadget. Retrieved 2008-07-31.
  6. ^ Stern, Zack (April 15, 2008). "Head-tracking feature pulled from Boom Blox". Joystiq. Retrieved 2008-05-14.
  7. ^ Terdiman, Daniel (February 21, 2011). "Kinect developer claims credit for hack bounty idea". Retrieved 2011-02-23.

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