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]


  1. c.k. says:

    this + silver surfer game = awesome

  2. dax says:

    hey juan, note that it’s the wii balance board, not wii fit. Wii fit is just one of the games that utilizes the board.

  3. engunneer says:

    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.

  4. andrew says:

    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.

  5. jproach says:

    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.

  6. martin says:

    bah, i hate world of warcraft. show us something that would actually make the pad useful.

  7. hypoxide says:

    I’d hate to pvp with this thing.

  8. bob says:

    this is just begging to be used with SSX. Please.

    this project looks awesome.

  9. I can’t imagine this being used in WoW

  10. Steezecraft says:

    Thats crazy! Wow. This project is fantastic, it is begging to be used with SSX though!

  11. Awesome post, very informative! can’t wait to read more.

  12. Paul Fässer says:

    Hallo, Interessanter Beitrag. Man kann zwar einige Sachen anders sehen aber trotzdem Superblog. Weiter So. Gruss aus München

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