Wiimote + Mac + Hacking = Lightsaber

Written by Wil Harris

December 12, 2006 | 08:34

Tags: #hacking #mac #wii

Companies: #nintendo

It's well known that everyone in the known universe, given the choice, would rather be a Jedi. For years, many of us have sought outlets to indulge in this futile fantasy - video games, card games, movies, books, dress-up... er, obviously not that last one.

One of our favourite pretend-to-be-a-Jedi tricks is to use the wonderful MacSaber. This runs on any Apple Mac laptop which has motion sensing (designed to prevent hard disk damage in the event of a sudden drop). By swinging your laptop around, you can make lightsaber noises. Obviously.

Well, we saw recently that someone had come up with a way to use the Nintendo Wiimote to control your Mac, by reading the signals sent back from the device and translating them into mouse movements.

It was, then, inevitable - some might say it was destiny - that the two apps would be combined to produce a lightsaber app for the Mac that uses the Wiimote. And thus, was it so.

Together, the two apps could rule the galaxy, as father and son.

But while we wait for the intergalactic politics to play out, we'll be sure to give it a go and let you know how little work we get done today. In the meantime, check out these YouTube videos of young padawans who have already begun their training.

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