Thursday, January 3, 2008

Cynergy rocks the Wiimote

This week Cynergy became the latest interactive company to develop something totally awesome with a Wiimote. As the video below shows, they've combined the wiimote with some reflective gloves to make a very realistic "minority report" interface that they demonstrate with some cool photo-viewing effects.

The whole thing was built in Silverlight, which probably made integration with the wiimote-sensitive backend pretty easy - much easier than when we did our wiimote game last summer. That's right kids - before the days of Johnny Lee, we wiimote-enthusiasts had to hack together our own Java libraries and connect them to flash through a socket connection API we called Artemis. And we walked to school up hill, both ways, in the snow. Ah, those were the days...

Anyway, I'm really excited to see Cynergy's interface in action. It's by far the coolest wiimote integration I've seen and I can't wait to see how it will affect the future of interfaces. I don't think it's out of the question to imagine the next mac book pro having specific IR sensitive modes for it's web cam and coming with a few of these sweet gloves. Who needs a touch screen?

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