Check out this demo of the new Wii Motion Plus add-on, which Nintendo promises will add true one-to-one motion control to the Wii remote. Upon first hearing about this at E3 this year, I was very skeptical – especially since the demos, and much of Nintendo’s press conference in general, were pretty lousy. But this demo by AiLive does a great job at showing off what can be done with this new technology. There’s even a not-quite-subtle lightsaber-like demo about halfway through the video. Once can only hope that the Wii Motion Plus will be required for the upcoming Wii Lightsaber Duel game, set to be released later this year.
Also, this kind of technology could be very useful for physical rehabilitation – there’s no reason the Wii remote has to be held in your hand, it could be attached to a patient’s leg, foot, arm, etc. This may even be a powerful tool for training amputees to effectively use their new prostheses (at least while we’re waiting for true brain-computer interfaces).