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Old 04-30-2007, 08:29 AM   #1
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BT brings Wii-like remote control to PCs

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UK telco BT has built an add-on for laptops, tablets and UMPCs that allows users to control their computer simply by moving it around.

Called Balance, the unit plugs into a spare USB port. Inside, it contains a set of motion sensors similar to the detectors build into Nintendo's Wii Remote game controller. Special software converts feedback from the sensors into instructions for the host machine's Windows user interface.


Tilting the screen left or right, for example, could cause the cursor to move in the appropriate direction. Shaking it vigorously up and down could be set empty the Recycle Bin or restart the machine.

It'd certainly may an interesting add-on for driving games, we'd say.

However, BT has more practical uses in mind, in particular new ways to help the elderly and the disabled use computers, particular mobile devices which otherwise require the user to be able to work with a tiny keyboard.

It also has its eye on field-engineers who may need to control their computers with one hand.

It's nothing new, of course. Finnish technology firm MyOrigo gave The Register a demo of a phone that uses the same principles to make calls and surf the internet back in July 2003. MyOrigo's technology has yet to come to market, though it's keen to licence it to device manufacturers.

BT's unit is a little way off too: the company said the technology is still in development and being tested in the field
http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2007/04...ngs_wii_to_pc/

a bit more info from the internal BT network

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BT Balance works via a small adaptor plugged into a laptop which removes the need for a keyboard or mouse

BT researchers have used Nintendo Wii-style technology to develop a device for laptops that removes the need for a keyboard or mouse.

The solution – called BT Balance – works by enabling the user to manipulate menus and applications simply by moving or tilting their machine.

A small, specially designed adaptor containing movement sensors can be plugged into any standard laptop or tablet PC. The adaptor is then able to “talk” to software downloaded to the laptop and translate the motion and rotation into actions on the user’s computer screen.

The software can be adapted so that users can move a cursor around the screen or even turn the pages of a virtual manual or book just by tilting or moving around their machine.

BT head of age and disability research Adam Oliver – who helped develop the concept – said: “The technology has obvious implications for those who are disabled or elderly and have difficulty using a fiddly laptop keyboard or mouse.

“We also wanted to create an interface that was simple and intuitive. Standard ways of controlling PC applications can be too complicated, so we decided to use the analogy of a book to work with. What we ended up with gives you the same look and feel of picking up a book and reading it – but in a 3-D digital format.”

Adam said it soon become clear that it could have other commercial applications, such as someone needing to use their laptop in conditions where trying to type or manipulate a tiny keyboard is tricky or where they are unable to use both hands - for example, an engineer or technician working in the field needing to navigate quickly round maps or diagrams, or even someone using their laptop on a crowded train.

He said: “The software is extremely adaptable and can be used in all sorts of ways. For example, it could be programmed in so that a user could make or connect an incoming internet voice call or access digital pictures – simply by tilting and tipping the computer.”

The technology is currently being developed and field tested by a team of specialist BT researchers at Adastral Park in Suffolk
might pop down the road andsee if i can have a look, since i work for BT and the research lab is 10mins down the road.
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for games more like minutes before it dies, same goes for day to day pc useage as well it will never get used

.. for certain business apps who knows ? .. i could also see such an idea being used by cetain disabled groups possibly ..
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