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Wiimote accelerometer & motions detecting projects / Working Projects
« on: July 14, 2008, 09:51:19 AM »
I work with outreach at Penn State University as my current summer job. I graduated from their NMT program and have a slight electronics background. Summer camps for high school students come to the nano facility and learn about nanotechnology for 3 day camps. One of the demonstrations I give is a "MEMS lecture" to communicate the concept of microelectromechanical systems to a bunch of teenagers, I give a brief powerpoint on MEMS where the kids see some applications (like air bag crash sensors for vehicles. Then I pull out a WiiMote and talk about the accelerometers and gyro in that. They all know about Wii, so its really cool to have something that they can relate MEMS to. I have a wii track that I have constructed that they slide the wiimote down, and we gather acceleration data with. (very cool) And then I set up a wireless smartboard with a portable projector and an infrared pen I put together. They think its amazing and alot of them go home to mess around with it. I use Johnny Lee's wiimote whiteboard v0.2. At home I am working the bugs out of head tracking. I am totally excited to see some 3d games come out for PC with the infrared sensor. I want to thank these guys for putting their work online and making it so user friendly. Its alot of fun.

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