I started dating my wife of 27 years when we were in high school. When we were in college I asked her: "Am I a nerd, and I just don't know it?" She replied, "No, Scott, you are not a nerd." She is so kind. You would think that living on the honors floor of the dorm would have been my first clue. Despite my college experience, I can safely say that I am not a WiiNerd. Our family does not have a Wii system. My son has a PlayStation and an XBox 360, but no Wii. I have never even used a Wii. So it is safe to say that I am not a WiiNerd.
The other day I bought a Wii Remote™. Make no mistake. I didn't get a Nintendo Wii System. I just bought the Wii Remote which some people call the Wiimote. I didn't even get the infrared bar that is used as part of playing some games on the Wii. I just got the Wiimote - total cash and prizes: $43.13 at my local Blockbuster Video rental store.
I already had Autodesk Design Review 2009 on my laptop. I upgraded to service pack 1 so I would be current. I downloaded the Wiimote Navigation Add-in for Autodesk Design Review from:
I installed the add-in. I followed the well-illustrated steps in the read me to hook up my Wiimote to my laptop using the laptop's Bluetooth communication capability. I loaded a 3D DWF file into Autodesk Design Review. With Wiimote in hand, I twisted my wrist like I was opening a door. My model orbited. This thing actually works.
Please download the Wiimote Navigation Add-in for Autodesk Design Review and try it with one of your own designs. This is an early prototype developed by Autodesk Labs software engineer Eddy Kuo and technical evangelist Brian Pene. Let Eddy and the rest of us know what you think at [email protected].
You too can be a WiiNerd. No one has to know. You may already be one and not even realize it. Inside every cool cat is a nerd just waiting to get out. :-)
Exploring alternative ways to interact with design data is alive in the lab.