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October 25, 2011

Simulated display for the True3D satnav system (Image: Making Virtual Solid)

Simulated display for the True3D satnav system (Image: Making Virtual Solid)

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July 31, 2008 AiLive, the company who helped Nintendo build the MotionPlus add-on for the Wii remote, has released a video showing off their LiveMove 2 toolset for Wii developers who wish to implement MotionPlus functionality in their games. Even if you don't play video games, you will want to see what this thing can do.

The MotionPlus essentially turns the Wii remote into what many of us were expecting it to be from the start - offering fast, accurate, 1:1 tracking of the position and orientation of the controller. All of a sudden, those lightsaber battles everyone was dreaming about are achievable.

LiveMove 2 is an advanced set of tools that helps game developers take advantage of the MotionPlus, and AiLive are claiming it will shave at least six months off the development time of a MotionPlus-enabled title.

Developers can now easily record the motions they want to use in their game within minutes and without any coding or scripting - and LiveMove's Snap-to-fit technology can recognize when a user has attempted, but not perfectly executed, one of the defined motions. This means the in-game action will be animated fluidly and professionally whether it's the finessed motions of a seasoned pro or the flails of a newbie at the controls

The MotionPlus will be bundled with Nintendo's Wii Sports Resort, which will cost US$49. Nintendo has not yet announced the price of the accessory on its own, but we can only hope that it's less than US$15 - as purchasing three additional Wiimote/Nunchucks already pushes the cost of the Wii above that of the "expensive" PlayStation 3.

For more information on AiLive or LiveMove 2, visit AiLive's website.

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It would be useful only if it projects the image onto the windshield or some sort of inexpensive barrier. If people have to pay a few thousand to replace the windshield when it inevitably develops cracks and other marks, then nobody will buy this thing except for the ultra-wealthy.

2nd May, 2015 @ 5:24 a.m. (California Time)

And we will and up with an information overloaded windshield that could hijack the drivers attention to browse icons on it instead of concentrating to driving safe... I also not sure it\'s good idea to cover the windshield with visually protruding color objects that has very little actual importance (logos of fastfoods, cafes, etc.), but works more as commercials...

Iván Imhof
2nd May, 2015 @ 5:24 a.m. (California Time)

I would actually think that eventually we will have cars driving themselves so why bother with this technology.

David Codish
2nd May, 2015 @ 5:24 a.m. (California Time)

Is it just me, or is that a freakin\' scary Best Western? Maybe Bates is the franchisee?

2nd May, 2015 @ 5:24 a.m. (California Time)

I love it - I can\'t wait to see how manufacturers will incorporate it into new interior designs - I see no need of a real dashboard any more, as this can display all sorts of information, far beyond what our analog instrumentation does today - as a motorcyclist, it would be ideal to incorporate into helmet faceshields of the future. I wonder if it can work for people who wear corrective lenses too - will they need bi-focals?

2nd May, 2015 @ 5:24 a.m. (California Time)

Love it!

Adam Cecchini
2nd May, 2015 @ 5:24 a.m. (California Time)

Awesome!!, the need for transparent sign overlays is going to have to be adjustable...or automatic sensing daylight and optimizing the display to not interfere with visibility...simple as automatic headlights i would imagine...

John Parkes
2nd May, 2015 @ 5:24 a.m. (California Time)

Now for my idea....Use the thing to put a black dot over the sun when you are driving towards that direction! I hate glare. Safety first!

2nd May, 2015 @ 5:24 a.m. (California Time)

My thanks to David Szondy for describing our technology so cogently. It\'s rare we see such elegant writing around our tech. Thank you!

To the comments: Only two I really want to address...

Re: Special Windshield - is there one? Expensive to replace? Rich people\'s toy etc... Answer: No special windshield required. While the system is easiest to calibrate with certain types of windshield than others, in NO event is a production model of this unit intended to require a special windshield, or any additional coatings or treatments.

Re: Cluttering the driver\'s view. This is a deeply important issue, and one we have very strong feelings about. First off - the image you guys see, above, is a sort of \"comparo\" showing you different types of HUD imagery (ours and others), and different types of symbology (Virtual Cable, Virtual Signs, MPH in 2D). Such a demo picture does not accurately reflect a typical, or even permissible real-world application of the HUD.

We\'ll be going into deep HMI testing soon, to create a definitive \"best practices\" guideline to ensure that eager, ambitious and creative partner companies aren\'t tempted to overload the Field of View.

We quite agree that too much of a good thing frankly isn\'t. So we\'ll be drilling down on this issue like no other. Watch this space. ;) And keep the intelligent comments and questions coming. - Juliana Clegg, COO, MVSC

Juliana Clegg
2nd May, 2015 @ 5:24 a.m. (California Time)

@ Ivan Imhof: I'd have to disagree with what you're saying here. Whether you like it or not, people spend a LOT of time looking for exactly those things. Having these logos displayed would make it far quicker and easier to spot them. Also, I'm sure you could have them turned off until you needed them. @ VoiceOfReason: The darkened spot over the sun would be awesome, but it would require either glasses or a sophisticated system that constantly was aware of the position of the driver's eyes in relation to the windshield. Neat idea though.

Dave Andrews
2nd May, 2015 @ 5:24 a.m. (California Time)

I think anything that would help navigation, especially in poor visibility situations, like this system would be a tremendous achievement. If it could be coupled with voice prompts (optional) it would be that much more useful.

I can see it being even further developed by incorporating voice recognition/AI such as SIRI: \"Show me the closest gas station,\" or \"Where is the nearest drive-through restaurant?\"

2nd May, 2015 @ 5:24 a.m. (California Time)

And, of course, virtual signposting can be in language of choice. Helpful to those whose first language is not that of the country in which they\'re driving.

Doesn\'t this have to have a pretty good idea of where your head/eyes are anyway in order to properly line up anything with the view through the windscreen? I mean, you still see through the windscreen right?

2nd May, 2015 @ 5:24 a.m. (California Time)

Thanks for all your amazingly clever comments - Yes we intend to allow consumers to be able to select, and un-select anything of a commercial nature. Secondly, @martin says it\'s all available in language of choice - absolutely. Ultimately, the \"guide wire\" image should obviate language entirely - no need to make changes. But other cues, like \"Banhof\" in lieu of \"train station\" would be quite helpful.

Juliana Clegg
2nd May, 2015 @ 5:24 a.m. (California Time)

@ VoiceOfReason: You could integrate that with the results of an IR camera mounted to the front, showing images of people or animals on the road in low viz situations.

2nd May, 2015 @ 5:24 a.m. (California Time)
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