This Wiimote hack is one of the more astounding mods we’ve seen to Nintendo’s pride and joy, but even more remarkably, it’s really only taking advantage of the Wiimote’s IR and Bluetooth capabilities to create what may be the multitouch mecca — multitouch without the touch. So would you wear little reflective rings on your fingers to have tactile control of your television screen? We would. In a heartbeat. And then we’d call Captain Planet to kick some ass when we’re finished watching 30 Rock.
Very cool stuff. Since almost anyone at our institute has a Wii nowadays (including me), this should not be too hard to create ourselves.
The author of the video is Johnny Lee and works at Carnegie-Mellon. Just had a quick look through his impressive list of publications (UIST, SIGGRAPH, DIS, CHI, etc.), and found an interesting paper on how one can predict the task a user is currently performing by analyzing his EEG signals. This one is on my reading list about general sensing techniques (I hope I find some time soon to start reading papers again).