Wii MotionPlus Demonstrated in 3D, Jedi Drone Training is GO

AiLive, the company that collaborated with Nintendo on the MotionPlus controller add-on, has released a video demonstrating the full capabilities of the new hardware with a set of 3D tools called LiveMove2. An obvious but effective rendering of the controller shows that the touted 1:1 tracking is, in fact, 1:1 and that the response time is almost instant. They've also had some fun with the software, mapping a lightsaber to the Wiimote to fight off physics-enabled Seeker Drones (which caused our own Adrian Covert to "make a mess in his pants"). To top it all off, the "Snap-to-fit" technology can map incredibly complex motions to more specific commands, recognizing everything from throwing a lasso to specific sword slashes.

LiveMove2 is a toolset for developers intended to simplify the process of including the Wiimote's new live tracking abilities in new titles. If these test samples are any indication, there are a great deal of possibilities here. We've already told you that the MotionPlus add-on is too expensive (though fantastic), but watching this guy swing a perfectly synchronized digital sword at a helpless ragdoll and ping drones across the room makes the exorbitant price tag hurt just a little less. [AiLive]

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DISCUSSION

Uh... that didn't really look 1-1 at all when he used the lightsaber. I mean, the saber just stuck there at a point, while he was flinging his arm wildly.

I didn't get a Wii, but I assumed it already WAS 1-1. The fact that it wasn't, and that this "improvement" which everyone is drooling over STILL looks like it sucks... well, it makes me glad I didn't drop any money on it.

I couldn't be the only one to notice that.

Also, you can't have lightsaber duels, even if it was 1-1 perfect control. In real life a sword/saber would stop when hitting another sword/saber. In this, your arm will keep going, screwing up the positioning of your hand (which is moving) in relation to the sword on screen (which is stopped, against the opponent's blocking sword).

Meh.