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Become a virtual film-maker with Nintendo wii

January 24, 2011 | Chris Payatagool

By Sandrine Ceurstemont via New Scientist TV

Motion controllers used in gaming systems like the Nintendo Wii revolutionised how video games are played. But now a similar device that's more precise - and even works when an object is in its way - will let you try something more futuristic: making movies in virtual environments. Matt Bett and his team from Abertay University in the UK developed the new motion controller that uses electromagnetic sensors to track its 3D position. The location is then mapped in real time to a virtual video camera on a screen (see video above). By moving the controller around, the camera moves around the scene like a real camera on a rig or it can be fixed to a virtual tripod.

The team thinks the technology will be useful in education, to visualize computer models from various perspectives. For example, the device could let you fly through a car's engine to take a close look at its internal mechanism.

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