Got my Nintendo Wii a few days ago. I was lucky to order it just in time to get it before christmas. My last Nintendo console was a SNES and after that I got an Xbox. I’ve turned my back to Microsoft once again for lack of innovation. I did it with operating systems and now I’ll do it again with games.
My friends who dislike gaming have fallen in love with this thing. The fact that you are free to lie down the way you like (hands separated, unlike with traditional controllers) or stand up and play naturally like you would in real life, I see lots of potential for innovation with this revolutional device.
This is just another simple idea how innovations develop. You unlearn the sort of de-facto standards the industry is rigged with and come up with something new. It’s so incredibly hard to pass down familiarity in any business, yet when you see the results it’s obvious.
I wonder what’s the potential for learning with this device? Well, if Nintendo does something like Microsoft with their Xbox 360 XNA development kit by opening up the console for home grown applications, we might witness wonderful ideas coming alive. I would imagine controlling any 3D learning application would be natural for anyone. I’m afraid though, that we need to wait for someone to crack the security protection and install Linux into it.
Wii has clearly stolen some design advice from Apple. That gives me a good reason to leave PC and become a Mac.