Engineer Unlocks Wii's Hidden Potential

CNET reports on Johnny Chung Lee's interaction experiments with the Wii Remote. Lee, a Phd student at Carnegie Melon, does a quick demo of head tracking for VR displays and multi point interaction using the wii remote. His experiments describe with incredible clarity how the wii remote fundamentally works and how the remote might be exploited to do much more than point at single points on the screen and control them. He then proceeds to show us two things demonstrated in the videos below. Brilliant stuff.

How the remote can be used to visualize virtual reality displays by pointing the remote at a user with IR leds placed on their head.

How to get multi-touch interaction by using the remote's camera coupled with an led array, and reflective tape attached to his fingers as sensors.

Overcoming Blank Canvas Phobia

Cameron Moll discusses the issue of staring at a blank canvas in Photoshop, and his approach to overcoming "blankcanvasphobia" and leaping into the design process.

  1. Familiarize yourself with how others have solved the same problem you’re solving.
  2. Draw from previous work.
  3. Sketch it out
  4. Begin with a grid
  5. Begin in grayscale
  6. Start with the "core."
  7. If nothing sticks, come back later