Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Making Sense of the Sensor Bar

Every Wii owner would likely agree that the little black sensorbar that comes with the console is every bit as innovative and high-tech as a VR helmet: given the way Wii games are played, that sensorbar must collect various motion data from the Wiimote and transmit that back to the console. Very complicated stuff...or so I thought.

On my quest to de-clutter the wires (the wire connecting the sensorbar is the only visible one around the TV now), I came to know a really cost efficient replacement for that mighty sensorbar: two light candles... No, I'm not joking. You can read about it here. Turns out the sensorbar is no more than two light sources that the Wiimote can use to figure out its coordinate and orientation... High-tech? No, but Brilliant? Yes!

BTW, in case you don't want to leave burn marks on your TV, the wireless sensorbar is probably a better alternative.