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WiiMan, the Nintendo Wii Super Hero

timothy posted more than 6 years ago | from the good-use-of-free-time dept.

Hardware Hacking 46

rafaelmizrahi writes "WiiMan the Super Hero is a full action figure costume of a super hero that functions as a Nintendo WiiMote remote. Having trouble playing Wii? WiiMan to the rescue. This GarageGeeks project combines Gaming, Technology and Useless Activity to the extreme. Rafael Mizrahi, an artificial vision and experience explorer at Feng-GUI and a GarageGeeks member along with Yael Hertzog built this custom costume that acts as a fully functional Nintendo WiiMote remote with buttons, bluetooth, accelerometers, and an IR cam. BTW, last year, they built another hero, The Guitar Hero Noid, a robot built with Tal Chalozin that plays the PlayStation game Guitar Hero." (You might have better luck reaching the GarageGeeks site's Google cache.)

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WiiMan? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23136576)

Why they thought superhero made from stuff in a bathroom was a good idea, is beyond me.

WiiMan? (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23136596)

Why they thought creating a superhero from stuff they found in a bathroom, is beyond me.

Dupe! (1)

PhrostyMcByte (589271) | more than 6 years ago | (#23136626)

We've had a WiiMan [youtube.com] around for a while.

Wii (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23136630)

You geeks could only dream of sticking your skinny white wii into a fat, juicy X-box.

What a joke (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23136640)

What do you call a NIGGER with a stutter? A cocoon!

No fair! (1)

CSMatt (1175471) | more than 6 years ago | (#23136642)

That Guitar Hero Noid has five fingers! How am I supposed to compete with that? So far all of my attempts to grow a fifth finger have failed.

Re:No fair! (1)

Ethanol-fueled (1125189) | more than 6 years ago | (#23136708)

It's called a "thumb", and Jimi Hendrix, among other guitar players, use theirs [youtube.com] .

Re:No fair! (1)

lightboxx (1030210) | more than 6 years ago | (#23141334)

well isn't he special, he's even got his own costume, i bet his mommy made it for him to.

Costume correction (1)

arigram (1202657) | more than 6 years ago | (#23136644)

I would have shifted the buttons a little bit lower then attend a female gamers' convention.

No thanks! (1)

EmbeddedJanitor (597831) | more than 6 years ago | (#23136790)

I don't mind being groped, but not by a gamer girl thanks!

Porn (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23136666)

Well, /.ers already seem to have flooded Feng-GUI, considering the first two images on that site. Anyways, the heatmaps not nearly indicate what I am looking at... sorry folks. Try again.

NOT WORK SAFE (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23136674)

The Feng-GUI link is not work safe!

Re:NOT WORK SAFE (1)

Ethanol-fueled (1125189) | more than 6 years ago | (#23136756)

The "heat maps" of, say, cigarette ads were well-calculated even before this latest thing. Take a look at the older Camel or Marlboro ads, for example. They were designed so that they eyes would drift "naturally" from one area to the next, and always to the surgeon general's warning last.

Re:NOT WORK SAFE (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23136852)

Well, it's slashdotted now. A burning server certainly isn't work safe.

'Fess up (5, Funny)

kingcool1432 (993113) | more than 6 years ago | (#23136896)

Alright 'fess up people, how many of you skipped RTFA before and went back up to check the link after reading this?

Re:'Fess up (1)

mazarin5 (309432) | more than 6 years ago | (#23137142)

I had checked it out already, but I went back to see if there was something I missed. I'm not sure exactly what makes the site NSFW; the raciest thing I see is a small thumbnail of a perfume advertisement, and it's hardly objectionable.

Or maybe his boss hates polar bears?

Re:'Fess up (1)

jollyreaper (513215) | more than 6 years ago | (#23142500)

I had checked it out already, but I went back to see if there was something I missed. I'm not sure exactly what makes the site NSFW; the raciest thing I see is a small thumbnail of a perfume advertisement, and it's hardly objectionable.
I just assumed the OP had a very strict Mormon upbringing. Technically speaking, any internet site would be a no-no.

Or maybe his boss hates polar bears??
A Mormon working for Stephen Colbert? Interesting.

Re:'Fess up (1)

ampathee (682788) | more than 6 years ago | (#23137218)

I did! I was disappointed though, because the link is certainly work-safe :(

Somebody please tell me... (2, Insightful)

Plazmid (1132467) | more than 6 years ago | (#23136770)

what the heck is this, and why is it on slashdot?

Re:Somebody please tell me... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23136798)

If you have to ask, you fail.

Re:Somebody please tell me... (0, Offtopic)

Plazmid (1132467) | more than 6 years ago | (#23137450)

Hey, what's that thing again that rhymes with name or same, and if you think about, you lose? I can't seem to remember it right now.

Re:Somebody please tell me... (5, Insightful)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 6 years ago | (#23136838)

There are times I wonder about Slashdot. They ignore the HUGE story that Rock Band for the Wii [slashdot.org] will be horribly nerfed, but post stories about some weirdo who decides to dress up in a white costume that says "Wii" on it.

What ever happened to "Stuff that Matters"? It seems to be less and less true these days. :-(

Re:Somebody please tell me... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23136916)

From your submission: no support for the superior GH3 guitar controller (emphasis mine)
Don't write trollish stories?

Re:Somebody please tell me... (1)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 6 years ago | (#23136976)

no support for the superior GH3 guitar controller

It is not an intent to troll. It is a well-known fact that the GH3 controller is of superior quality and construction to the Rock Band controller. Which is why it's such a big deal when they don't support the GH3 controller. (As with the PS3.)

Re:Somebody please tell me... (1)

j0nb0y (107699) | more than 6 years ago | (#23137344)

The Rockband controller is intentionally different from the ghIII controller.

It's true that many people prefer the ghIII controller, but that doesn't make the ghIII controller superior.

For instance, the rockband guitar has solo fret buttons. Which are very cool.

Re:Somebody please tell me... (1)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 6 years ago | (#23137892)

Indeed. The "solo" buttons and effects switch are the big features of the guitar. But in actual construction quality and usability, the Les Paul wins on every count. For one, the first batch or two of Rock Band guitars broke with alarming regularity. (It wasn't just one of those "reported" things. Two of the three people I know with Rock Band had to get replacements.) This has (hopefully!) been corrected, but there are still two major design issues:

- The strum bar is EXTREMELY stiff. As the difficulty ramps up, it's difficult to keep strumming to the beat. If you prefer to double-strum (e.g. both up-stroke and down-stroke) it's not too bad. But for those of us who like to single-strum, the guitar is nothing but pain.
- The buttons are flush on the guitar. This makes it nicer to look at, but it can be difficult to find your finger positions without looking.

Try a side-by-side comparison of the two controllers some time and I think you'll find that the Les Paul is far more comfortable and reliable every time.

Re:Somebody please tell me... (1)

j0nb0y (107699) | more than 6 years ago | (#23137964)

I've used both, the les paul is definitely easier to play with.

The nice thing about the strum bar on the rock band guitar is that you barely have to touch it for a strum. Once you realize this, it becomes much easier to play. Of course, if you're used to the click of the guitar hero guitar, it's not easy to adjust.

I don't think the buttons are that much more difficult personally. I always find my place using one of two ways: 1. feeling the marking on the 3rd button or 2. looking at what buttons are pressed on the screen. Both methods work with both guitars, which is probably why I haven't had much trouble switching back and forth.

I think it's a shame that the guitar hero guitar doesn't work with rock band on ps3 and wii. Many people prefer the guitar hero guitar, and I think it's obvious that harmonix intended from a design standpoint that the guitar hero guitar would be usable in rock band.

Re:Somebody please tell me... (1)

trdrstv (986999) | more than 6 years ago | (#23143562)

I've used both, the les paul is definitely easier to play with.

I suppose it depends on the person, but I find the Rock Band guitar far superior for one very tiny add-on that makes a HUGE difference in how I play. I admit it, I "suck at the slide" and that pretty much condemns me to being a "Medium Hero".

The Rock Band guitar however has those little plastic stoppers above the green fret, and below the orange fret which prevents me from overshooting the slide. This makes it much easier for me to gauge where my hand is, and actually play the harder difficulties. If GH supported this guitar I might play it more.

Re:Somebody please tell me... (1)

ArAgost (853804) | more than 6 years ago | (#23139994)

You should try a real les paul with a set of 011-049 strings. Talk about stiff.

Re:Somebody please tell me... (2, Insightful)

carlzum (832868) | more than 6 years ago | (#23136840)

It's a (admittedly) useless hobby project that combines video games and engineering. In other words, nerd entertainment... which is why it's on entertainment.slashdot.org.

Re:Somebody please tell me... (2, Funny)

Robert1 (513674) | more than 6 years ago | (#23136886)

Good question. I must have read the first sentence 10 times, it still makes no sense.

"WiiMan the Super Hero is a full action figure costume of a super hero that functions as a Nintendo WiiMote remote"

what the hell does that even mean? its like some abortion of a palindrome "Wii --> Super Hero --> action figure -- Super Hero -- Wii."

Re:Somebody please tell me... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23137508)

Dumbass.

oh my! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23136776)

that man has wii on his shirt!

Re:oh my! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23136876)

That's because he's wiitarded.

Duff man? (2, Funny)

kingcool1432 (993113) | more than 6 years ago | (#23136848)

Am I the only one who's reminded of the 'Duff man' [thesimpsonsquotes.com] from The Simpsons?

Worst Slashdot "story" ever. (0, Redundant)

hack slash (1064002) | more than 6 years ago | (#23136900)

/Comicbook store guy

hmm... (1)

Mister White (892068) | more than 6 years ago | (#23136936)

one can only wonder what the midget from Jackass will think about that...

steamshare [steamshare.com]

Re:hmm... (1)

sadgoblin (1269500) | more than 6 years ago | (#23137138)

"I should whack him in the nuts!"

Tag "inputdev"? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23137220)

Come on!

hmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23137242)

I just hope they don't make a Chintendo Vii Man.

law suit (1)

ILuvRamen (1026668) | more than 6 years ago | (#23137290)

They're gonna get sued by Wee Man from Jackass lol.

Re:law suit (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23137566)

There was, years ago, a lawsuit over the name Noid.

and the enemy of WiiMan is ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23140638)

womyn ? /troll

Oblig. (1)

Torodung (31985) | more than 6 years ago | (#23142054)

What a Wiitard.

Is he hunting wabbits or fwying sauce-hwahs?

--
Toro

I Smell lawsuit (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23143120)

Jason "Weeman" Acuna will have Nintendo's ass over the rights to the name. On second thought, that would be one heck of a marketing opportunity for him...
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