We all know the Nintendo Wii is a clever little badger. Perhaps not in graphical grunt and multimedia muscle but the motion sensitive trickery has had millions enchanted since launch. Well a very clever chap called Johnny Chung Lee has been messing with his Wii to see exactly how capable Nintendo's little white wonder is. And the results are pretty astonishing, if a little geeky.
For starters he's added a kind of 'floating multi-touch' that works by tracking the position of your fingers in the air rather than the Wii Remote – a bit like in Minority Report. Just like an iPhone you can then move your fingers apart to zoom in or back together to zoom out. It requires some DIY modding that's probably a bit beyond your casual Wii owner, but wouldn't it be cool to manipulate your snaps just by waving your hands about in front of you? Have a butchers at the YouTube clip below.
The coolest one, though, is his head-tracking pseudo 3D TV. It alters what's being shown on screen in relation to the position of your head. So if you were playing a first-person shooter and wanted to look round the corner, all you'd need to do is physically move your head as if you were peering around the on-screen wall. It's hard to describe and much better to watch in action, so check it out for yourself below.
The future of gaming? It looks to me like Johnny might be sitting on a goldmine.