Is the Wiis Motion Controller Any Good?
Just how good is the Wii’s motion controller, really? A group of researchers at Rice University intend to find out. Armed with a National Science Foundation grant, professors Marcia O’Malley and Michael Byrne will spend the next thee years measuring motions as simple as slapping around a paddleball to as sophisticated as maneuvering a fighter jet. What’ll they test against? Something called a Vicon motion capture system. The press release doesn’t specify which one, but probably something like the Vicon MX, which uses cameras in conjunction with a controlling hardware module and software to achieve high resolution motion capture. Some perspective: Vicon’s been involved in everything from “transforming Ray Winstone in Beowulf, to creating the Transformers, right through to the work on The Golden Compass” according to Nick Bolton, chief executive at Oxford Metrics, of which Vicon is a subsidiary. Back to the Rice study: “We’re already grabbing motion data from the Wiimote,” said O’Malley,