Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Nintendo Wii™ Controller: Puppet Control?

You know how I've been wanting a cheap but accurate controller for manipulating virtual puppets on either a PC or a videogame console. Ever since the Nintendo N64 offered 3-D graphics on par with a circa-1994 Silicon Graphics machine, this seemed inevitable, though that was 10 years ago.

But soon, with the Nintendo Revolution Wii™ and it's 6-degree of freedom, wireless remote, capable of tracking rotation AND position, Internet connectivity, and fairly good (though not the most impressive) 3-D graphics engine, the time has come! This thing could make a great virtual rod control. Imagine four of these per box, which would be connected to other performers on the Net, performing in the same scene, or watching and providing virtual applause!

Come on! Who's with me? The development kit is only $2000 (compared to the $20,000 Sony Playstation2 kit).

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posted by Brian at 11:41 AM


Blogger Brian said...

The Bad: The Wii does not track 3-D position, only the position of the vector hitting the Tv.

The Good: The Wiimote has been adapted for use on PC/Mac, meaning the Wii itself is unnecessary for developing a puppet project!

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