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Wiimote Used For VR Research

Posted by Damien McFerran

Is there no end to the versatility of the Wii?

Remember Virtual Reality? Back in the ‘90s everyone thought it would change the way we played games forever, and thanks to (quite poor) movies like The Lawnmower Man we actually believed the hype.

Then it just sort of died. Some argued that the technology wasn't powerful enough, but others pointed out that users often felt sick when playing VR games. And of course there was the issue of having to wear a bucket on your head and look like a fool.

Well, those of you that were intrigued by the concept and saddened by its demise will be heartened to know that VR lives on…through the Wii!

The rather jolly-looking Johnny Lee had this to say about his project:

Using the infrared camera in the Wii remote and a head mounted sensor bar (two IR LEDs), you can accurately track the location of your head and render view dependent images on the screen. This effectively transforms your display into a portal to a virtual environment. The display properly reacts to head and body movement as if it were a real window creating a realistic illusion of depth and space.

[via cs.cmu.edu, youtube.com]

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m1ke_tayl0r

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m1ke_tayl0r said:

This is pretty much a 'MUST HAVE NOW!!' technology for me! Imagine the possibilities of that in something like a shoot'em'up! Time Crisis VR anyone?

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