Wii Is AiLive
Posted by Anthony Dickens
Nintendo announces a partnership with American AI company AiLive to bring Wii developers a very useful piece of motion capture software.
Ever wondered how the games developers programed the Wii mote to recognise your hands movement? Turns out, they don't have to! Nintendo have partnered with AiLive's "LiveMove" software that teaches the Wii what to look for in a particular movement.
"The Wii coupled with AiLive LiveMove will usher in a new era of natural game control," commented AiLive Chairman Dr. Wei Yen." Powered by AiLive's patented Context Learning, LiveMove will allow the game industry to move away from indirect digital control to more natural analog control for the first time."
What does this mean? Hopefully it'll allow the Wii to recognise much more natural movement with the Wii console, it should remove the awkwardness of some control systems.
"In early 2006, I challenged Dr. Wei Yen and his AI scientists to develop AIware for the Wii Remote. When Nintendo's development teams saw LiveMove, we instantly recognized how it would greatly increase our ability to explore and experiment with new concepts and make our lives easier," says Genyo Takeda, Senior Managing Director/General Manager of Integrated Research & Development Division, Nintendo Co., Ltd. "This revolutionary tool liberates the imaginations of game creators. We are more than happy to share this collaborative LiveMove tool with independent Wii software developers all over the world. From a cowboy's lasso to a samurai's sword or a chef's cooking utensils, we just can't wait to play the developers' new, 'unexpected' applications."
This will only set developers back a mere license fee of $2,500 per seat. Anyway, its pretty hard to describe what this is all for so check out the demo from Google Video.