Your gaming controllers can do more than you think

Have you ever stopped to consider that your Wii controller, Xbox 360 Kinect, or PS Move could be used for things other than gaming? Well several groups of technologically savvy gamers are doing just that. Known as hacks, these modifications use the built-in components of the hardware to do things they were never designed to do.  Having started with the Wiimote, these hackers have now started to incorporate the newer 360 Kinect and PSMove into their creative process. Sadly, there is significantly less support for PS Move hacks compared to the Wiimote or 360 Kinect, and it isn’t surprising considering Sony doesn’t like people modifying their system.

I recently had the opportunity to interact with a Wiimote that operated a remote controlled submarine. After being placed in a fish tank, the minature sub was switched on and the wiimote was handed to me. As I lifted the wiimote up, the submarine surfaced, as I lowered it, it submerged. I could also control the speed of the motor by using the trigger on the controller.

This is just the beginning of what is possible. The technology is relatively new and is just now becoming accessible and affordable to the average technology enthusiast. I look forward to what else is in store, the possibilities are endless. Check out kinecthacks.net, wiihacks.com, and ps3.dashhacks.com to discover what incredible things people are creating .