Jeff Mission writes to say he’s been working on a new project that couples the Wii remote with generative visuals — all built in free software. Like it, but think it could go further? It’s free, so have a go (soon, at least). Jeff writes:

Chris Korda, developer of the open-source VJ softwares Whorld and FFRend, and I have been working on a project to control real-time, generative geometric visuals with the ever-popular Nintendo Wiimote. We dubbed the project WiiWhorld.

I am pleased to announce that the first proper WiiWhorld demo video is now available online:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=bw1bHVPHk_g

Swirly colors, techno, dancing, and lots of smiling faces! Anyway, I think it does a decent job of capturing people having fun playing with our little digital toy.

The video was cobbled together from about 90 minutes of party footage shot a couple months ago. We set up our rig and invited people to play around, with a minimum of instruction. It was great fun to watch people play around, figure it out, and then teach new techniques to one another.

As for the project itself, it requires a Wiimote and a bluetooth-enabled computer. All the software involved (GlovePIE, Whorld, and FFRend) is 100% free, making this (we hope) a project that others can adopt and expand in the future, at minimal cost. We hope to publish more detailed information soon, so that others can try WiiWhorld for themselves.

Please give it a look, leave comments and ratings, and pass it on!

The project is apparently brand new — and Jeff says more web content and videos and documentation and such are all coming soon.

And yes, GlovePIE, Whorld, and FFRend are all free and open-source Windows apps. (And you thought Linux had all the fun.) beatfix (aka Jeff) suggested them and got our Windows free apps round-up going:

VisualJockey Goes Freeware; Free Windows and Cross-Platform VJ – Visualist Round-Up

Anyone who wants to get us rolling on a similar Mac or Linux list, drop us a line.

  • gregdaynes

    Aw damnit, someone beat me to it… ive been writing something similar to this in processing.

  • Tom Middleton

    I'm half-way through doing something similar, I've got all the wii remote stuff done and am half way through the video code, might get in contact with this guy!

  • http://createdigitalmusic.com Peter Kirn

    Hey, the idea isn't just to be the first to do it, but to develop the idea… so I'd keep at the Processing thing! (Anyway, Processing is capable of some visuals that Whorld and FFRend are not.) Let us know when you've got something to show!

  • Joshua Bogart

    I wonder if you could do something similar using the accelerometer in the iPhone and MAX/MSP/JITTER…

  • http://superdraw.intervalstudios.com superDraw

    great minds! I am working on an audiovisual installation using wiimotes… It's nearing completion and will debut at Yuri's Night in april. Mine of course revolves around drawing with superDraw, and is dynamic, so anyone can come and bring their own wiimotes to interact with it-

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  • http://www.vjtachyon.com VJTachyon

    Hey .. want to share your GlovePIE scripts? I would be grateful!

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