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See especially his Wii project on head tracking and the $14 Steadycam.
-- Edward Tufte
Yes, very interesting and creative. Now, what I have been thinking a little bit about is how to use some of those capabilities when exploring or presenting data and graphics. A data viewer that could use the movements and buttons of a wii to, for example, zoom and rotate a give section of the graph, transition smoothly between graphs of various variables, navigate a 3D graph, ...
Some tools are there, e.g. libraries to interact with the wii, while others need some improvement, like the program to actually fiddle with the graphs as gapminder does. I am leaning towards an R session through a webserver.
Any other ideas on the kind of exact uses of the Wii or other similar tool? Other choices of platform?
-- Iago Mosqueira (email)
The first time "Wiimote" hacking popped onto my radar was for map/globe navigation, published over on Coding4Fun:
From Mr. Lee's demo, you can see where that "spread-out" technique with the fingers moving apart can be used to zoom in and out of a map, but also to zoom in and out of pictures, like Jeff Hahn shows in his TED presentation of his multi-touch display:
I think the great thing about Mr. Lee's innovation here is that he's demonstrated extremely cost-effective motion tracking.
-- Kevin Curry (email)