Since Nintendo released the Opera browser for their Wii console, the Wii community has been on tenterhooks as to whether there will be a keyboard released for the Wii to ease Internet browsing.
Currently, to navigate from page to page, the Wii user must point and shoot with the Wiimote. This is not always accurate and makes typing a slow process.
Under pressure from fans, Nintendo has decided to release information on the upcoming solution to the typing issue. However, rather than a conventional keyboard, Nintendo have a much wackier idea.
"We are all for innovation," stated a Nintendo spokesman. "Conventional keyboards are too dull for our company, so we've come up with something which matches the Wii's ethos a bit better."
Nintendo has developed what they are calling "Charade Technology". Holding two Wiimotes, one in each hand, the user acts out the character, word, or phrase that he/she wishes to appear on screen. The Wii interprets these suggestions with a "high accuracy" (according to Nintendo).
The Wiimote is the name given to the controllers for the game console. Each is fitted with a 3D motion sensor and infra-red transmitter which can be used to give the user a new freedom of control, unlike conventional joy-pads.
To type a web address, for instance www.TheSpoof.com, the user switches to character mode and holds the Wiimotes above his/her head to form a W shape. Pushing the Wiimotes forwards and back repeats this character. The dot is a quick stabbing motion, and so on.
"This technology is only limited to the user's imagination," insisted the spokesman. "You simply build up your own vocabulary of gestures. It's like a personal sign language."
Nintendo are condemning claims that their technology is not accessible to all people. They have stated their commitment to making the Wii accessible to all and have stated a head mount for the Wii mote will be released Q4 2007.
In response to the revelation, we asked one geek his opinion: "When will developers learn to kiss? That's Keep It Simple, Stupid! I've already destroyed two LCDs with this bloody Wii. I wonder if it will recognise the two-fingered salute gesture?!"