Sunday, April 13, 2008

Repurposing Technology + Power of YouTube

I just came across this video by Johnny Lee. In it he demos his Wii Remote hacks... taking a standard $40 game part and adapting it to power things like a digital whiteboard, a multitouch display and a head-mounted 3-D viewer. (Other projects by Johnny at Carnegie Mellon U are here)

His brilliant tenet is this: Millions of $ have been spent developing foundational technology like the Wii Remote -- which can then be applied to dozens of *different* applications. Factor in the ability of YouTube to share ideas, and you've got a fantastic acceleration of technology and solutions.

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