Feeds

Wii Remote raised to defuse explosive situations

Robot loves WiiMote

Remote control for virtualized desktops

The number of additional uses for the Wii console and its components are exploding – literally. Bomb disposal boffins have equipped warzone robots with Wii Remotes so they can be controlled more accurately.

PackBot

iRobot's PackBot: showing off to the crowd

According to a report by New Scientist magazine, engineers at the US Department of Energy have already modified a specialist robot to be controlled by a Wii Remote.

Before soldiers storm into a risky situation, the Johhny-5 clone is able to find explosives, unearth landmines and dispose of bombs – all the time under the supervision of a Wii Remote-waving soldier. The scientists chose the Nintendo console’s controller because it’s able to detect motion in multiple directions.

The robot hails from the PackBot clan, of which there are several variants, though most focus on bomb disposal work. There’s already an estimated 500 PackBot’s in service throughout Iraq and Afghanistan.

PackBots are manufactured by US firm iRobot, which hit tech headlines in 2002 when it released a robotic vacuum cleaner, dubbed Roomba.

Nintendo’s yet to announce if it’s developing PackBot the videogame, but anything bringing together real-life robots and the Wii is sure to be a hit.

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
Nexus 7 fandroids tell of salty taste after sucking on Google's Lollipop
Web giant looking into why version 5.0 of Android is crippling older slabs
Heyyy! NICE e-bracelet you've got there ... SHAME if someone were to SUBPOENA it
Court pops open cans of worms and whup-ass in Fitbit case
SLURP! Flick your TONGUE around our LOLLIPOP – Google
Android 5 is coming – IF you're lucky enough to have the right gadget
Official: European members prefer to fondle Apple iPads
Only 7 of 50 parliamentarians plump for Samsung Galaxy S
Fujitsu CTO: We'll be 3D-printing tech execs in 15 years
Fleshy techie disses network neutrality, helmet-less motorcyclists
Space Commanders rebel as Elite:Dangerous kills offline mode
Frontier cops an epic kicking in its own forums ahead of December revival
prev story

Whitepapers

Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Reducing the cost and complexity of web vulnerability management
How using vulnerability assessments to identify exploitable weaknesses and take corrective action can reduce the risk of hackers finding your site and attacking it.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.