A good friend of mine, Matth, just sent me this video over IM. It’s about a guy who did some cool development for the Wii:
“Using the infrared camera in the Wii remote and a head mounted sensor bar (two IR LEDs), you can accurately track the location of your head and render view dependent images on the screen. This effectively transforms your display into a portal to a virtual environment. The display properly reacts to head and body movement as if it were a real window creating a realistic illusion of depth and space. By Johnny Chung Lee, Carnegie Mellon University. For more information and software visit http://johnnylee.net“
But you know what, just watch the video instead ;)
Imagine how this could be used in gaming, I really hope some game developers do answers Johnny Lee’s request and use this. This is the consumer 2.0 – taking the product further…
Yes, I saw this the other day. Fantastic! I would love to see some mod levels using this for, say, Halo or Half Life 2 … could take “immersion” to a whole new level (no pun intended).
I can see how some of that could be used in FPS and other games indeed as well, hopefully we get some ‘movement’ coming to the Xbox 360 sometime soon as well. I think they did some of the coolest game innovation since long on the Wii, but I just like the game offering (and reality) a lot more on the Playstation and Xbox.