Mow the lawn with a Wii Remote and other games related news

Found 9th Apr 2009
Scientists from the University of Southern Denmark have developed a new robotic lawnmower that can be controlled with Nintendo's Wii Remote (Wiimote).
The Casmobot uses the motion-sensitive technology of the Wiimote with inbuilt Bluetooth receivers to manoeuvre around a grassy area.
By tilting the controller forward, the mower starts cutting the grass in the straight line, while holding the device backwards moves it into reverse.
Kjeld Jensen, a robotics researcher on the team, said municipal workers who have already tried out the mower were "smiling and laughing all the time".
"So I guess I'm not the only one that thinks this is a very good idea," he added.
Jensen also pointed out that the technology could theoretically be placed into any sort of motorised vehicle.
"In theory, you could actually take this module and put it into a wheelchair, and walk your grandma just by sitting inside at the window and using your Wiimote," he concluded.
The website already offers various fixes to transform the Wiimote for other uses, such as a spirit level or Google Earth controller.

Harmonix has inadvertently let slip that a Lego Rock Band video game is currently in development.
According to Kokatu, the announcement was due to be made at the recent GDC in San Francisco, but a speech containing the news wasn't approved.
However, a PDF document containing the revelation was discovered, with Traveller's Tales rumoured to be the development team.
The speech also apparently revealed the identity of two rival Guitar Hero games, with Guitar Hero: Van Halen and a mystery Guitar Hero: BH said to be in the works.

Independent retailer Awesome Games has settled a legal case with Bethseda after allegedly purchasing stolen copies of post-apocalyptic RPG Fallout 3, reports MCV.
The settlement follows an admittance by the Walthamstow-based store that it had bought copies of the game from an unauthorised seller, which it believed to be imported stock.
However, Bethseda stated its belief that the goods were stolen and store proprietor Ahnes Qureshi has now paid an undisclosed monetary settlement to the developer.
Injunctions have also been imposed on the retailer to prevent future transgression of Bethseda's intellectual property rights.
Bethseda managing director Sean Brennan said: "We take such matters as the theft of our stock very seriously and will rigorously pursue any individual or company who perpetrates such acts.
"While it may be tempting to buy games from unknown sources and to release games early, its just not worth the risk, as Mr Qureshi will attest."
Qureshi responded by saying that he has "learnt a lesson" from the case and also advised other independent retailers "not to buy from unofficial sources or they may end up in the same trouble I did".

War veterans have criticised Konami for an upcoming game based on one of the most brutal battles in the recent US invasion of Iraq.
The Japanese firm will release third-person survival game Six Days In Fallujah for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC at some point next year.
Being developed by Atomic Games in collaboration with a group of veteran US marines, the title is the first game to be based on the 2003 invasion of the Middle Eastern country.
It takes inspiration from the Second Battle of Fallujah, which ran from November 7 to December 23 2004 and resulted in 1,500 insurgents and 38 US troops reportedly losing their lives.
However, decorated former British Army colonel Tim Collins told The Daily Telegraph that the game should be banned entirely.
"It's much too soon to start making video games about a war that's still going on, and an extremely flippant response to one of the most important events in modern history," he said.
"It's particularly insensitive given what happened in Fallujah, and I will certainly oppose the release of this game."
Peter Tamte, Konami's president, claimed the title is about presenting the "horrors of war in a game that is entertaining, but also gives people insight into a historical situation in a way that only a video game can provide".
He continued: "Our goal is to give people that insight of what it's like to be a marine during that event, what it's like to be a civilian in the city and what it's like to be an insurgent."
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They've used the wiimote to control remote control cars for ages, nothing new there really.
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