Geekequation…

8 January 2008 at 12:23 am (3D, Hypermedia, Links, Processing.org, Wiimote)

TGS 2005 + Nintendo + Bluetooth + Johnny Lee + CES 2008 + Alienware = Head Tracking for Desktop VR ultra panoramic displays

Ok… This is not clear at all…

Here are the explanations about this post:

As some of you may know, Nintendo Wii‘s control, the Wiimote, was presented by Nintendo in the 2005 edition of the TGS (Tokyo Game Show). I’ve spoken many times about the Wiimote here, but this small industrial object represents a huge advance in man-machine interaction. The best of all, it uses Bluetooth to link with the Wii. In fact the Bluetooth signal used by the Wiimote is not encoded, allowing other Bluetooth devices, like a computer for instance, to receive informations. That allows us to make programs using the Wiimote. This is one of the objectives of the AOC classes in Hypermedia.

Reading the Digital Tools blog, I’ve discovered the work of Johnny Chung Lee, an Ph.D. Graduate Student in Human-Computer Interaction Institute at the Carnegie Mellon University. Among his works, I’ve been captivated by the head tracking device for VR (Virtual Reality) desktops. Here is a vide, way more explicit then any text:

In the 2008 edition of the CES (Consumer Electronics Association), Alienware (a company that produces high performance computer systems) presented a ultra widescreen display. Here is a video showing it in action:

Now, imagine both videos working together… Nice… :)

This head tracking device made me think on a Philips project : the WOW vx 3D presented in this year CES, making from a flat screen a 3D experience. Now, only personal experience can say what of this two solutions can provide a high end 3D feeling.

Here a link to some 3D videos for the Philips system.

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