I’ve been reading the tons of reviews of the Wii and the PS3 and the one thing missing in the flood of comparisons is the idea that Nintendo may actually have the better technology. The motion-sensitive controller picks up and transfers your hand and arm movement and transfers it directly to the screen. That means you personally and directly participate in the tennis, bowling, baseball, golf, boxing games onscreen. This is a huge breakthrough—bigger probably than the Blu-ray technology of the Sony PS3.
Remember that awful sci-fi movie Minority Report, off the book by Phillip Dick with pre-cogs. The one scene that is compelling is Cruise, who plays a detective, standing in front of a screen moving videos and data around by shifting his hands. Wii is like that—and the technology it reflects has the potential power to change the whole click and point mouse paradigm.
There are an enormous number of applications for motion-sensitive technology and Wii is showing the way. The military is already using it.
Much has already been written about how Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo have different business models. PS3 and the Xbox are expensive and yet lose money because because of the fancy high-technology they employ. Profits come from games and lower production costs over time. Nintendo is much simpler and cheaper to make so Game Boy and now Wii generate profits from the get-go.
But we have something different here. The technology from Nintendo is a powerful innovation because it creates a new, very appealing consumer experience that goes beyond passively watching better graphics. Fascinating.
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