Getting much more press than recent XBox or Playstation game consoles, the ascent of Nintendo’s Wii is notable for two aspects – that they deliberately chose to prioritise playability over high-end graphics, and their unique wireless controller which uses a variety of motion sensors to control onscreen action. Unsurprisingly, performers working with digital media have taken quite
a liking to the Wii controller, and in particular VJs – who often prefer instrument like responsiveness rather than highest-end resolution. If your computer has capacity to receive blue-tooth signals from the Wii controller ( or its nunchukka companion controller ), then you’re good to go with a variety of free software:
Converting your Wii controller movements into midi notes or values, can be done easily on PC, or mac. Most VJ or DJ software has some sort of midi functionality built-in now, which allows easy mapping of your movements onto specific parameters of your software.
Prefer a stand-alone application that allows a bunch of your loops to be triggered and processed / played with a wii controller? Wii Loop machine.
A simple quartz composer ( mac ) composition being manipulated by the Wii remote. (via ).
There are MAX/MSP objects that support the Wii Remote ( and one for the Apple Remote) for building your own wii-ready applications?
Wii Remote as *Lightsaber* in flash-based game?
Solar powered outdoor wii-rig ( Indoor versions of outdoor sports, outdoors? )
Pop your eyes out – don’t read the Japanese Super Safe Wii Safety Manual:
Wii Nun-chukka drumming videos and more…