Today Educause released the latest in its “7Things you should know about X” series, about the Wii interface. http://connect.educause.edu/Library/ELI/7ThingsYouShouldKnowAbout/47105
Their summary of why it is important:
The Wii is a video game system that uses a wireless controller capable of sensing position and motion, allowing users to interact with the game applications through physical movements. The controller has captured the interest of academic researchers and hackers, who have used the technology to create applications such as a collaborative choreography tool and an inexpensive, interactive whiteboard. Wii technology is used as an input device in virtual worlds and as a training tool that allows learners to perform physical tasks in a digital, risk-free environment.
I have run two sessions about this for library staff and will again be bringing in my console from home for an Academic Work Matters session about input devices in October. If anyone wants a hands-on demo before then, I’m happy to give one.