Wii-ing on PowerPoint

Being always on the lookout for new UI paradigms, I've been thinking about Nintendo's and what it might mean in terms of interaction design - not just for games, but for other uses.

I've even dug up the accelerometers used in the new controller, which I assume to be these PDF.

The first thing I noticed when watching the Wii videos was that the controller would make an excellent wireless mouse - sure, it's limiting to think of it as such, but if Nintendo can use it to simulate an archery bow in the new Zelda, they sure as hell can use it as a mouse pointer for a web browser (I really wonder what Opera is doing with that, given their penchant for adding new twists to navigation).

Anyway, what has gotten me thinking is this: the controller is sure to be available separately - and, more to the point, produced en masse and at a reasonable price tag.

So what if it were possible to hook one up to a ?

At the very least, it would make a kick-ass . At most, it would spawn an entirely new set of applications that we can't even envisage right now.

Either way, it would be much more useful than the built-in PowerBook/MacBook sensor. Sure, it has given rise to a number of interesting hacks, but none that are actually useful in a UI sense because a laptop isn't easy to wave around.

But something the size of the remote is, and although I can think of few compelling uses for it other than making your presentations look like something out of Minority Report (and wouldn't that be cool), I wonder how long until MEMS make it into cheap, mainstream pointing devices of some sort.

Who knows, maybe the Mighty Mouse will sprout wings some day...