Wiimote Controlled Firefox
By on April 14th, 2010

This recent entry at Mozilla links shows a Wiimote controlled Firefox. Paul Rouget has written a neat hack which allows us to use the Wiimote with Firefox. Over at his website, Paul writes,

Everybody has his or her own reason to hack Firefox. Mine is usually:  “just for fun”.

So,  “just for fun”, and to show how far you can go with the extension mechanism, here is a little useless extension I wrote: a  Nintendo Wiimote driver for Firefox.
What does it do? It brings Wiimote events to web content. You can change tabs with a “forehand/backhand” tennis drive and, in your web page, make your elements move using Wiimote events (rotation, g-force, position, etc.). Web pages, of course, do not support this API. But, with another extension, such as aJetpack or  Greasemonkey, you can “hack” a website to add support for the Wiimote.

although the extension is open-source, it works only for Linux currently. Check out this video:

Wiimote for Firefox from Paul Rouget on Vimeo.

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    This is a cool hack. I think it would be pretty handy to navigate websites with a wiimote. I wonder if this a glimpse into the possible future of the computer mouse. With the emergence of touch screen technology, you'd think it's end was near.

 
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