What do you get if you mix 15 tonnes of steel, 200 bar of hydraulic pressure and a Wiimote?
The answer: a totally awesome industrial grappler.
The chaps behind these two grapplers - which use a control system written in Python software language - have tinkered around with them so that you can operate them using a Wiimote.
Check out the results:
This is quite a first for the industry.
Haha, that's impressive idea, however I'm not 100% convinced they are actually controlling it with the Wiimote I'm sure it's doable though.
Just glad to see the wii-mote had it's crash helmet on.
That was random
Where did they have the sensor bar?
i want my wii mote to activate heavy machinery, i'd invite over people i dislike to play my wii then smash them with a busted car or dig a big hole and throw them in it, or outfit my wii with a little gun that would spray acid on someone so much fun i could have
OMG! It's written in PYTHON! Python is my favorite language ever. These dudes rock!
They better use their wrist strap!
WOW SWEET I do programming in python! Rep the snake guys!
I once saw a mechanical arm with a sword attached to it being controlled by a wiimote on youtube. Imagine what wiimotion plus could do!!!
@DaDun: You do!?! Awesome! What kind of stuff do you program?
I always thought it was cool that the wiimote used bluetooth so could be hooked up to any bluetooth compatible device.
@opeter - You only need the sensor bar to to use the IR camera on the front of the wiimote not for the motion sensing.
When I saw the title of this news, I thought this was about an incredibly crappy game. Lol.
This looks very interesting.
now thats another reason to have a wii mote if you dont have a wii
That's ludicrus! I can't see how this could meet industry regulations or pass safety regulations. Sure it's cool and badass, but what happens if he drops the Wiimote, or the batteries fail, or there's some error with the wireless connection? Have they factored in liability? He's swinging that thing around in circles like it's a a discus throw. I'd bet he could throw a car at least a good 500 feet if he released it with that much swing action going on. Oops, I didn't mean to wreck your building
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