Category: Games and Puzzles

Wii Assist

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---- PROTOTYPE --------- PURPOSE: University of Delaware students Rob Rehrig, Josh Marks, and Larry Aiello have hacked the Wii video game controller and Wii Fit’s Wii Balance Board creating prototypes which can be used with applications for individuals with disabilities. The WiiAssist adapts the infrared sensors in the Wii controller, which detects a Wii game player’s motion and position, so that it can be attached to someone’s head. The sensor is then used to track head movements, which can control a mouse in a computer application. The overall aim is make computers easier to use for individuals with disabilities. With the Wii Balance Board, which is used to enhance game control in the Wii exercise game, the students added capability such as using your body to control a mouse and scroll up and down a screen. This can be done by leaning one way or another on the Balance Board. AUTHOR: Dean Takahashi. TITLE: Hackers alter Wii controller for disabled users. WEBSITE: VentureBeat: GamesBeat Section. REF:


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