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Wiimote + beryl = wow!

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Looks like Nintendo's Wii may play a more important role in the GNU/Linux world than we thought. According to this video it is possible to control beryl window manager using Wiimote. If this is possible then I imagine replacing a mouse completely might be possible as well, which is a big deal if people find it easier to interact with their computer using a "remote" rather than a mouse.

Mouse is, after all, pretty much tied to your desk while Wiimote is not. In the future when really huge screens become cheap, we may have a big computer screen on our wall, sit in a comfy sofa or even lie in the bed looking at this screen and doing everything on your computer remotely. Smiling

Well I guess it beats being nailed to the chair! Laughing out loud

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It looks like my recent

It looks like my recent idea of using a wiimote as a general purpose computer input device was obvious enough for at least one person to try it. The accuracy of the wiimote surprises me, it looks like it's good enough to point at title bar buttons and click them.

It would be even better if it was used for a true 3d interface, instead of a 2d interface on a cube. Imagine putting windows a bit further away to make more fit on the screen, and getting them a bit closer for a look at some details...

I do wonder how this should be combined with a keyboard. Moving your hand between keyboard and mouse a lot is bad, picking up a wiimote instead of touching a mouse could be worse.

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Yes, that's what I was

Yes, that's what I was instantly reminded of, the idea you had on your blog. Smiling

A true 3D with this sort of depth you're talking about would be quite exciting. I imagine a WM that would support something like that would have to be necessary for future holographic 3D displays. At first (before the end of this decade) we'll have plain holographic simulations of the 2D screen, but the obvious next step is full 3D you can basically "walk through". But I might be getting slightly off topic with that.

There's obviously lots of possibilities and we do not necessarily need to be tied to a mouse anymore. Smiling

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mice are 2D weapons, they

mice are 2D weapons, they are useless if you want to control a 3D environment. Actually. most computer games in a 3D world have a simple 2D input model; When you play humans or cars, there is no "go up", only possibly "jump". When looking for an existing input model for a 3D world we have to look to flight simulators, which use joysticks. Maybe they are a temporary mouse replacement option. Not any joysticks though, joysticks with at least 3 axes. (Mine has 4+1 hat)

Realistically however the only input device truly useful in a 3D world is the webcam.

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Another example of how

Another example of how Wiimote can be used with Free Software, this time as a turning wheel for TORCS racing game: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xxdx5_wiimotetorcs Smiling

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free-zombie
free-zombie wrote:

Realistically however the only input device truly useful in a 3D world is the webcam.

I would also agree with that, but of course it should be a sensitive webcam or maybe even just a specially designed motion sensor. With that mounted somewhere on your monitor you don't need any other devices in your hands. You just need your hands. Smiling

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There is a game for the

There is a game for the iCam that allows you to interact through webcam, as is there games for the ps2 with the iToy. Webcam interaction is getting better.

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Hmm you guys just gave me a

Hmm you guys just gave me a reason to buy a webcam. I was stumbling upon a few when I was in a computer shop this holiday season and thought they're quite cheap now actually, but thought like "why would I need one". Sticking out tongue

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I have not come accross any

I have not come accross any applications on GNU/Linux yet. But I sure as hell expect some in the next two year.

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Something tells me it may

Something tells me it may be even sooner. Things move fast these days and we are probably not the only ones looking at what can be done with wiimote and contemplating various other alternative user input methods. Smiling

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I have a feeling nintendo

I have a feeling nintendo is going to sell more wiimotes than wiis...

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