Friday, May 18, 2007

Nintendo Wii's motion control technology migrating to cell phones

I got a real kick out of this one.

Yahoo!: The Latest in Motion-Sensitive Cell Phones, High-Def Recorders, and Camcorders
Mix the Nintendo Wii and a cell phone, and what do you get? Something like NTT DoCoMo's new line of motion-sensitive cell phones. In a boxing game users can throw punches or duck, and the phone's camera picks up their movements. In another game the user can tilt the phone in different directions to guide an on-screen ball through a maze.
To be sure, the cell phones aren't nearly as reactive as the Nintendo Wii remote and console: After you make a motion, such as a punch, you must wait a second for the punch to register on the phone screen. But it's a start! The handsets come from Mitsubishi Electric, Panasonic, and Sharp, and will be available in Japan only in May or June. Prices vary with incentives.

If you think people on the street with Bluetooth headsets appear to act insane now, wait until they have to start flailing their phones around. The old question was "Bluetooth or Crazy?", now you will have to ask "motion-phone or epileptic?"

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1 comment:

Flatland Pastor said...


What could possibly be the consumer demand for this stuff.

Is there a bet going down somewhere between product designers that is based on them getting unsuspecting(?) consumers to do stupid things for no good reason?

How would you tell your kid you come up with these ideas for a living?

Who's gonna buy one of these? Well maybe Paris Hilton will get one when she gets out.