The Wiimote has been used for plenty of non-gaming needs, including tidying up the house
and controlling robots
. Even the US military got in on the action, using the Wiimote to defuse bombs
in Iraq. And let's not forget the groundbreaking work done by Johnny Chung Lee
-- a man who just happens to have inspired the creation of the setup you see above.
See, a team of scientists in Luxemburg (via Wired
) figured out that using the sensor-filled gutty-works of the Wiimote would -- through some tinkering -- be a good way to measure water evaporation. See, this type of measurement usually requires sensors that can cost up to $500 a piece, making the $40 Wiimote quite the attractive alternative. This has applications outside of just measuring water evaporation, the team said -- including measuring the speed at which a structure collapses.