Nintendo Wii remote (2006)
Built into the Wii remote, or "Wiimote" as it's also called, was an accelerometer, as well as Bluetooth and infrared transmitters. The accelerometer could detect which way players were holding the controller, while the infrared transmitter would let players point at the screen to select onscreen objects. The use of Bluetooth simply let it transfer data when it was out of the line of sight, so that the system could send button presses and directional controls when not pointed at the system or its IR receiver bar.
Beyond some of the sensing and transmitting technology, the Wiimote included a small speaker that allowed game and menu sound effects go through it instead of the TV speakers. It also featured force feedback through a built-in vibration unit, as well as on-board memory that could be used to save user avatars. Finally, it brought back the Nintendo tradition implemented with the N64 in the mid-1990s, making the controller expandable with other accessories, either from Nintendo or third parties.
September 8, 2009 4:00 AM PDT
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