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Wiispray prototype graffiti controller for Wii

Wiispray prototype graffiti controller for Wii

Nintendo's non-traditional interface for the Wii console lends itself to any number of odd controller hacks and designs, and the latest is this prototype Wiispray can.  Part of Martin Lihs' final thesis at Bauhaus-University in Weimar, Germany, the can-style casing contains a dismembered Wiimote coupled to a nozzle button.  It can be used to manipulate an on-screen virtual spraycan, with different paints and color options that are controlled by realistic graffiti movements.

Wii Firmware v. 3.2 now up for download

Wii Firmware v. 3.2 now up for download

Not much to see here, there is some performance upgrades in the update. The only other thing besides that is the Disc Channel will now tell you when there is disc with an update on it.

Apparently the various hacks that have been figured out are still working, so, if you’ve hacked your console you should still be good to go with the new update, provided previous updates didn’t mess up your particular shortcut. Kind of makes me wonder if this is the reason my Wii randomly powered up last night.

Beware the Wii-wielded robot!

Beware the Wii-wielded robot!

Of all the WiiMote hacks I've seen, I think I like this the most.  Using, as the best modders do, the parts they had to hand, Aaron Rasmussen and his friend Brian managed to rig up a system of controlling a Kuka KR16 industrial robot arm via movements of the Wii controller.  And, being mischievous, they then gave it a sword to swing.

Interfacing via a Dell laptop and some home-rolled (and by their own admission grotty) code, they managed to turn the KR16 into a tennis player and a swordsman, without even severing any limbs or losing an eye.  Apparently the arm is capable of moving 16kg of load at full speed and accuracy, so they soon realised that it would be a good idea to stand out of reach.

Another picture and a video of it in action after the cut.

Wii Power Glove!

Wii Power Glove!

With the news that the Wii sold out completely on its first day of UK release, all those unlucky enough to be stuck at the back of the queue can only wait for restocking and bide their time looking at entertaining hacks like this one.  Yes, friends and sorcerers, this is a Wii Power Glove, a 21st Century update of the coveted 1989 peripheral.  Enterprising Japanese hackers custom made this fashionable open-fingertip glove with built in Wii controller and finger triggers; make sure you check out the video of it in action, after the cut:

There's a port at the rear of the glove for you to plug the numchuck in, the battery compartment is accessed on the underside, and the A and B buttons are controlled by pressing the thumb and middle-fingers together.  They're treating this as a prototype, and already have plans for the next version - including different, more flexible materials for the glove, and relocating the Bluetooth chip.

Watch Dogs launch overdrive: documentary series on tap

Watch Dogs launch overdrive: documentary series on tap

This week Ubisoft is kicking out all the stops when it comes to reminding the public about Watch Dogs. This game is a multi-platform release, coming to PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC, and eventually Wii U as well. In addition to a full-powered launch trailer, Watch Dogs is the inspiration behind a three-part documentary called "Phreaked Out", all about real-world hacking.

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Club Nintendo Japan hacked

Club Nintendo Japan hacked

Nintendo Japan has warned Club Nintendo users to change their passwords, after revealing that the member rewards site was hacked back in June, leading to tens of thousands of unauthorized logins. The first Nintendo realized of the compromised security was a dramatic increase in errors spotted on July 2, with subsequent investigation turning up 23,926 stolen logins and almost 15.5m attempts.

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SlashGear Weekly Roundup Video – May 22, 2011

SlashGear Weekly Roundup Video – May 22, 2011

Gaming got some extra attention this week with speculation about the next-gen Nintendo Wii, a unique offer on the Xbox 360, and restoration issues for the PlayStation network. Android's WiFi security problem gets a fix, and the latest 3.1 Honeycomb update will be heading to the Asus Eee Pad Transformer and the Acer Iconia Tab A500 in June. Amazon is possibly ramping up a family of Android tablets, with the first two codenamed 'Coyote' and 'Hollywood' to hit the market before end of the year. Apple will be celebrating its 10th retail anniversary with a possible revamp dubbed Apple Store 2.0. The timelines for various smartphones and tablets have been revealed for the major carriers Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile. Continue after the jump for the roundup video and the full recap list.

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The Daily Slash: May 6, 2011

The Daily Slash: May 6, 2011

Behold a fine few days of wonder! This edition of The Daily Slash I'd like to take you on a journey of the more important (or otherwise featured) items we've had happen this week. There's been an above-average amount of hands-on opportunities this week, and I want to make sure you don't miss a single one of them. Then there's the ongoing epic with Sony and their gaming network (hacks galore!) some fresh new earth-shattering games for Android, and oh my goodness, a whole new generation of iMac for your personal enjoyment. So very large!

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SlashGear Week in Review – Week 15 2011

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 15 2011

Welcome to another edition of the SlashGear Week in Review! Early Monday I ran across a cool printer hack that turns your ink jet into a printer that prints with invisible ink. The ink is lemon juice and the person that needs to read the invisible ink sprays it with an iodine solution to make the letters viewable. The commercial for the Touchwood SH-08C from DoCoMo has turned up on YouTube. The commercial uses a big handmade wooden ramp with xylophone keys that play classical music when a ball rolls down the ramp.

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