People are really excited about the Wiimote Navigation Add-in for Autodesk Design Review.
In general there is so much excitement that others have even blogged about it:
The feedback to [email protected] so far has been positive. Getting started is a little tricky for some since setting up Bluetooth can be a little challenging. Although the Wiimote Navigation Add-in for Autodesk Design Review read me tries to spell this out, Autodesk Technical Evangelist, Brian Pene, has a video on this topic. Although the focus of Brian's video is the GlovePIE solution, the first 2 minutes shows you how to hook up a Wiimote via Bluetooth:
Once people get it hooked up, they like it. In fact they even want more. Here are some quotes:
First Impression: Awesome! From a techie standpoint, it's one of those things that gets the 5-star "coolness" factor.
We also think it is cool.
As mainly an architectural user looking at buildings, I often end up flipping my building upside-down and can't seem to get it back (easily). What if this was a pointing device as well just like when playing the Wii? I can imagine having the mouse cursor follow the Wiimote movement, and then either an A or B button to simulate right/left-click of the mouse. I could do mark-ups in meetings by using the Wiimote to draw clouds!
This would require use of the infrared capability of the Wiimote.
I think some combination of pointing and gestures would be nice. For instance, on the Wii, you can "pinch" your character and pick them up and drop them somewhere else by pointing at them, holding down A and B, and then move to a new location and then let go of the buttons. In a building, this might allow you to select the roof, "pinch" it and drag it upwards. Of course this means allowing the Wiimote to do pointing and selections as well as navigation. I think using the Wiimote as a "wireless mouse" and a gesture based navigation tool is ultimately what I’d like to see.
Citing examples of how technologies specifically apply to the industries that Autodesk products serve is our favorite kind of feedback.
Although the shake gesture provides a brief rumble as part of resetting the model to HOME, can you take advantage of other tactile elements of the Wii?
This is something we can consider once customer feedback determines a desirable set of gestures.
So check out the Wiimote Navigation Add-in for Autodesk Design Review. You'll be glad you did. Let us know what you want to see and feel at [email protected].