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Opera Publishes Wii Remote API

by Aaron Kaluszka - August 6, 2007, 6:25 pm PDT
Total comments: 5 Source: Dev.Opera

API allows programmers to read remote data in the Internet Channel using JavaScript.

Opera Software, developer behind the Wii Internet Channel, have published the application programming interface (API) for the Wii remote. This allows web programmers to design pages using JavaScript that can retrieve data from the Wii remote enabling users to interact with web pages in new ways.

The interface can get information about all four remotes in real time including rotation, distance from the screen, button presses, and pointer position. The interface relies solely on the pointer feature for tilt information and does not read data from the accelerometers. The API also works with the Nunchuk attachment but does not include Classic Controller support.

Opera notes that this API could be used to program simple games using a combination of technologies supported in the browser. They also include a simple game, which uses the tilt sensing of the remote. It will be interesting to see the games and applications that independent developers make using this API.

Talkback

trip1eXAugust 06, 2007

Kool, but OPera should have used the interface for the News Channel for their browser. MUch better.

planetidiotAugust 07, 2007

This is very interesting... I wonder if flash has access to this info?

jakeOSXAugust 07, 2007

i don't _think_ flash and javascript talk to each other... but it has been years since i touched flash.

that being said, homestarrunner has wii games (it is a flash site)

CericAugust 07, 2007

I'm sure that Adobe will rig a way to make it work if their is a demand.

interactivenycAugust 07, 2007

Flash - Javascript integration kit:

http://www.communitymx.com/content/article.cfm?cid=D7491

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