The new black Wii hardware releases on August 1st in Japan. Show America some love, Nintendo.
The Wii looks gorgeous in stunning high definition. “Pumped through a Wii PC emulator, these images are just upscaled versions of the [game's] existing graphics—in other words, you’re not even seeing what advanced hardware/graphics engines can do with additional texture or lighting. But with a boost in sharpness alone (more pixels),” the Wii looks great in HD. Check after the break (click “…more”) to see more Super Mario Galaxy images in HD. Here’s to the rumors of a WiiHD console coming to fruition sooner than later.
Johnny Chung Lee is a Microsoft researcher and a recent graduate at Carnegie Mellon University with a PhD in Human-Computer Interaction. He is an insanely smart individual who has influenced the creation, manipulation, and eventual final product of Microsoft’s Project Natal for Xbox 360. He recently said:
“The human tracking algorithms that the teams have developed are well ahead of the state of the art in computer vision in this domain. The sophistication and performance of the algorithms rival or exceed anything that I’ve seen in academic research, never mind a consumer product. At times, working on this project has felt like a miniature “Manhattan project” with developers and researchers from around the world coming together to make this happen.”
To quote Gizmodo‘s Mark Wilson, “That quote’s more than just hype—it’s educated hype.” Back in 2007, Lee created a headtracking simulation with the Wiimote, creating an stunning 3D realm into a different realm (in this case, for video games). The video above is Lee’s creation with a commentary that explains his genious work. The point of all this…Microsoft has managed to employ Lee to help the company create and complete Project Natal, a technology that may forever change the way developers and consumers create and play video games. Exciting stuff. Check after the break for two additional videos of Lee’s past creations, “tracking fingers with the Wii-remote,” and “low-cost multi-point interactive whiteboard using the Wii-remote.” Interesting how Microsoft and not some other company whose console relies on motion controls happened to employ such a marvel in innovation.