With every new toy comes hacks and modifications. It’s no wonder that Nintendo’s Wiimote, the Bluetooth-enabled control device for the Nintendo Wii, quickly found itself on the operating block. After enthusiasts figured out how to get the Wiimote to transmit information to any Bluetooth-enabled computer, many possibilities opened up. One really great application has been in controlling sound and music applications. It started with simply getting the Wiimote to trigger digital deejay software and developed into full-fledged sound design, such as in this video of people playing a Wiimote to make real-time lightsaber noises (warning: impossible without thousands of dollars of computer processing and highly advanced sound design techniques).

What does this mean for teens? Well, the possibility to get them engaged in at least three forms of literacy at once! Imagine them, if you will, using a Wiimote to mash up a chapter of their favorite audiobook with the new Timbaland single.

For more information on the tools needed, http://www.wiili.org should get you started. For some of the more deejay-specific tips, take a look at http://www.djwiij.com. As always, feel free to discuss the potential applications of these exciting new technologies in the comments or at the ya-music list.

About Joseph Wilk

I'm a teen library assistant with the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Main location. Here, I'm the graphic novel and music librarian in addition to running anime, music, LGBTQ, incarcerated youth, and video programming. I'm happy to serve YALSA as a blogger, member of the Teen Tech Week committee, and as chair of the Music Interest Group. Otherwise, you can find me in da club.

2 Thoughts on “Wiimotes: They’re Not Just for Gaming Anymore

  1. Jami Schwarzwalder [Member] on April 30, 2007 at 1:12 am said:

    There are many great things for the Wii. There is also a Media Center for the wee available from http://www.redkawa.com/mediacenters/wiimediacenterx/.

    With the internet capabilities, new and old games, and Mods I really think the Wii has a great place in the library.

  2. Emily Jacobson [Visitor] on April 30, 2007 at 2:36 pm said:

    I played the Wii for the first time yesterday and was amazed by the technology. It was incredibly addicting, while it kept me off of my seat. I was actually sweating at one point. I think it would be the best choice for a game night for a library because it is wireless capable, the library can subscribe and download games for a reasonable price (Wii also offers lower prices on the system compared to it’s competitors Microsoft and Sony), and it a hot topic right now and could be a great tool in pulling non-users into the library.

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