Johnny Lee works in Microsoft Research, with a specific penchant at creating interesting and useful devices. He has a session scheduled for MIX09 called "Interaction Techniques Using the Wii Remote" where he will show off some interesting uses he has found for using the Wii Remote as a PC input device, as well as several other devices he has put together to utilize in various computer input scenarios. I thought it would be fun to chat with him about his work creating some of these devices, and get some pointers on how others might benefit from this as well.
You can also find some videos of his experiments here:
- Head Tracking for Desktop VR Displays using the WiiRemote
- Low-Cost Multi-touch Whiteboard using the Wiimote
- Tracking fingers with the Wii Remote
And here is the description of the session he is doing at MIX09:
Interaction Techniques Using the Wii Remote (and Other HCI Projects)
by: Johnny Lee
The Wii remote is a sophisticated controller containing a variety of sensing capabilities. In this session, Johnny Lee covers several interaction techniques enabled by the Wii remote and explains how you can develop your own applications. Johnny also introduces a few of his other research projects in the broader domain of Human-Computer Interaction.