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Homemade Custom Wii Sensor bar schema howto

September 22nd, 2008 | By Cedric

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A while ago during my first experiments with WiiFlash, I have built a custom Home Made Wii sensor bar, I have promised to provide details about this customization.
Thank you to Fabien who helped me build this akward piece of Object Design icon wink Homemade Custom Wii Sensor bar schema howto image
It is equivalent to the true Wii Sensor Bar with 10 leds, it has been designed to limit energy consumption as much as possible. It uses 2 AAA batteries.

Find below more information about how to make your own Wii captor bar:
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Wii experiments by Johnny Chung Lee part2

March 1st, 2008 | By Cedric

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I made an entry about some weird experiment, the wii sensor fingers.
At the time I posted it, I did not know much about its author. I have found that it does plenty of other interesting tests. His name is Johnny Chung Lee, he is a Ph. D. Graduate Student at Human-Computer Interaction Institute.

2 new amazing tests

Johnny Chung Lee made other amazing Wii experiments which I am linking here.
I like very much the cheap whiteboard and may try it in few weeks.
I think it is a good tool to make presentations with added waouw effect.
But I was absolutely overwhelmed by the glasses experiment, it bring such a depth to the image it is very impressive how everything is changed in term of effect and relation to a 3d universe.
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Low-Cost Multi-touch Whiteboard using the Wiimote:

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Head Tracking for Desktop VR Displays using the WiiRemote:


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For sceptics

Well, from here I can hear people arguing that it is not very revolutionary and that plenty of diverse labs around the world have tested and developed and sold such approach and technologies. But in this case, this solution is very cheap, meaning that it may spread quickly and bring new uses of the wiimote technology. On this point, I wonder if they are legal issues developing independent commercial products making use of the wiimote. Another question is: how unique this technology is and does a cheaper solution exist using standard components?

Nintendo wish list

I wonder if I may use the Head Tracking trick to play FPS like Quake or Metroid. icon wink Wii experiments by Johnny Chung Lee part2  image Hey Nintendo what are you waiting for? Please could you sell a Metroid Samus helmet with Head Tracking?
In the 90th I played on an arcade with 3d helmet and complete immersion in a 3d universe. It was a very fun experiment despite the fact that you had to push a button to go forward. Can you imagine what it might be using the Wii Balance Board with the Metroid IR Head Tracking helmet. (They should have put on Wii system support for 12 controller ports icon wink Wii experiments by Johnny Chung Lee part2  image )

Dr. Futurity Yokoi

I think Head tracking and 3d environment will be integrated in our every day life in the futur, as will be augmented reality. I am convinced for a while now that the next big portable groundbreaking system by Nintendo will be immersive glasses and air sensors. A true Nintendo Virtual Boy without monochromes red screen and heavy metallic stands. I am looking forward to seeing the next portable generation and I guess it will features benefiting from Wii technology.
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