Christian Long

Johnny Lee: Demos Wii Remote Hacks

In TED Talks on May 13, 2010 at 9:22 pm

Reflection by MUHUMMED B.

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Johnny Lee:  Demos Wii Remote Hacks

In his technological TED Talk, researcher Johnny Lee uses his hacking abilities to create very use full tools for schools, business, and many more people and companies. He also shows fellow TEDsters his head-mounted 3D display technology which was used in games released in May of 2008.

The cheap version of the whiteboard is use full for schools or companies that don’t have alot of money and they are also multi-touch screens, so more than one person is able to use the screen at a time. To create the interactive whiteboard, he uses an infared pen that costs five dollars. He sets the infared light from the pen to correspond with that of the computer and the board becomes an interactive multi-touch screen.

Johnny Lee’s version of interactive whiteboards is very effective because it has been on the internet for about three to four years and has been downloaded over ten million times. When Lee posted a video on youtube in 2002 it was downloaded over three million times within three to four monthsNormally interactive whiteboards bought from manufacturers cost from any between $2,000 to $3,000. Lee’s version of the interactive whiteboard costs at most $50.

Another topic discussed in this TED Talk was the 3D head set Lee created using the Wii remote. The Wii remote costs about forty dollars. The 3D head set consists of safety glasses with two infared dots. The two infared dots give the screen a head location so that the 3D image on the screen corresponds with the person wearing the glasses. The technology caught the eye game makers in 2008 and a game using Lee’s 3-Dimensional technology was released in May of that year.

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