Dec 4th, 2012

Nintendo is known for innovating and pushing the video game industry. One only has to look at the Wii to see what kind of impact the company has had on the video game world over the past many years.

Now with the Wii U and its revolutionary GamePad controller, Nintendo is once again betting on a new technology. A new video goes in depth with the technological features of the GamePad controller, including how the touchscreen works and why Nintendo chose resistive touchscreen instead of a capacitive touchscreen, and how the gyroscope in the GamePad works.

It’s an impressive video that you can learn a few things from, so check it out below. There’s also a video on how the 3DS works.

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  • Mickey Mouse

    Just thought people should know that the Wii Remote doesn’t have a ‘camera’ at it’s end like the ‘geek’ mistoook it for, it’s an infrared transceiver that links to the sensor bar.

    • YoG99

      What are you talking about ?  The sensor bar is only a lighting device imitting 2 IR dots for the remote to have static references in the space.  You can replace the sensor bar by 2 candles if you want to.  It’s the reason why the sun shining in a window can disrupt the wii remote pointing device.  Same thing for a mirror reflecting the 2 IR dots.  It’s some sort of camera with IR filtering.

      • Nintendofreak

        so gueess well have a wiiu motion plus advanced

        • YoG99

          Wii Motion Plus enhanced the gyro.  It has nothing to do whatsoever with the pointing feature.  With Skyward Sword and Nintendo Land, per example, the pointing is relative to the starting point (just like a mouse pointer on a pc), this is the reason it seems “better” but at the same time, why at some point needs to be recalibrated.  In Wii Sports Resort, in some game, the sensor bar is used to reset the central point of the relative pointing (Ping Pong if I’m right).

          • Nintendofreak

            well i guess 

    • Master RD

       I thought everyone knew that! It’s also commonly found on TV remotes, and on the Pokewalker if people still use those…

      • Luke Talbot

        again, wrong…. You have the tech backward. The sensor bar has infra-red bulbs, similar to the kind found in your remote for the TV (with the exception that they are always on, not ‘pulsating’ when you want to send a command). In fact, if you rig a couple of remote controls so the infra-red is always on, you can replace your sensor bar with them, and as already suggested, you can use 2 candles to the same effect. 

        The wii remote has an infra-red camera that calculates the wii remotes position relative to these two infra-red sources and allows you to calculate the remote’s position relative to the sensor bar. This, used in conjunction with the accelerometers inside the remote itself, allow you to ‘point’ at things on screen. 

        • Master RD

          Wait, what? That’s exactly what I said though, the sensor bar uses infa-red sensors. I was busy when I wrote that, so my full attention wasn’t on what I was writing. I probably should have used the reply button correctly, I was agreeing with you…

          • Alec Rowson

            Nope. The REMOTE has an infrared sensor… the sensor bar is just two infrared bulbs and only plugs into the wii for power. The name is a complete misnomer. Seriously, try removing your sensor bar and putting a lit candle where each end of the sensor bar used to be. The pointer will work (to a degree). The Sensor Bar senses nothing and uses no kind of sensors, nor does it transmit any data. It’s literally two IR light bulbs on a stick.

    • Luke Talbot

      wrooooong. He’s absolutely right, the Wii Remote has an infra-red camera, not some kind of “transceiver” that links to the sensor bar.

  • Hououin Kyouma

    He didn’t explain how the wireless streaming works…

  • Yodamingus

    Can’t see the Text on this page it’s covered up by posting window

  • fireheartis1

    This was a cool and informative video, but this guy needs a new camera for sure.  The noice it makes is very annoying.  Anyways Nintendo created something very cool here and it will be hard for anyone to deny it.  On another unrelated comment here; Does anyone know if the Wii U can use the Wireless censor bar from the Wii?

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