Wii Fit World of Warcraft


By now you’ve probably seen the video of two researchers from the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) navigating through maps on Google Earth by using the Wii Fit Balance Board. They’ve gone even further now by using the board to navigate World of Warcraft. It’s obvious that the board is usable with any 3D environment. The hack is entirely software based, as the board is completely unmodified. It relays data to a laptop via Bluetooth, where the pressure data in converted to directional instructions by their custom app written in C#. No notes on the project are available on DFKI’s site, but we’re betting they’ll release the software to the public once all the kinks are worked out.

[via Balance Board Blog]

12 thoughts on “Wii Fit World of Warcraft

  1. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the balance board attached to GlovePIE (which can already read the Wiimote). It’s then a matter of writing an Autohotkey script to convert the GlovePIE input into the app of your choice. GlovePIE may already be able to do this, without AHK.

  2. why do they not demonstrate it with an actual skateboarding/snowboarding/*boarding game? seems odd to demonstrate a really cool device with apps it wasnt designed for.

  3. Andrew, yeah, it would also be nice to have a program that actually uses the pressure levels.

    So the farther you lean forward, the faster you go.

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