Unexpected positive consequences

Dec 16, 2007 12:33 · 107 words · 1 minute read

Sometimes the law of unexpected (positive) consequences throws up something that makes you stop, slap your forehead and ask “why didn’t I think of that?”

Hacking a Wii remote to perform Minority Report-style mid-air fingertip tracking and then extending this idea to convert any surface and a projector into an interactive whiteboard is one of those ideas. It’s the brainchild of Johnny Chung Lee who’s a post-grad researcher at Carnegie-Mellon, and he’s not just a Wii hacker - there’s a 45-foot tall slingshot, a $14 Steadicam and high speed photography of smashing beer bottles. Truly, a renaissance man for the geek era…

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