Bill Gates Wants to Invent the Wii, Again

In a recent interview with All Things Digital (ATD), Bill Gates made some interesting insights into the future. And by that I mean he made mention of what the Wii can do and told ATD that it was something brand new simply because it uses a camera instead of a controller. Here is a snippet of the interview:

Bill Gates: Software is doing vision and so, you know, imagine a game machine where you’re just going to pick up the bat and swing it or the tennis racket and swing it.

Walt: We have one of those.

Kara: Yeah. Wii.

Bill Gates: No, that’s not it. You can’t pick up your tennis racket. And swing it.

Bill Gates: You can’t sit there with your friends and do those natural things. That’s a 3D positional device. This is video recognition.

You can check out the entire interview and some snippets with Apple's Steve Jobs over at All Things Digital.


mndrix said...

Ha ha. I guess Gates doesn't keep up on the gaming scene. Hopefully he's delegated XBox management to someone else.

I must admit, his idea about picking up the tennis racket is a great one.

TanookiTravis said...

Yeah I know what it is ol' William was talking about, picking up an actual tennis racket and playing a virtual game of tennis by swinging it. The fact of the matter is, the Wiimote can do everything swinging a real tennis racket can do aside from forcing you to buy an actual tennis racket. I think what he is wanting to do would fit better in a tennis or golf shop where you can test out a racket or club to see if the weight and design would fit your preferences. Not sure if it's a good idea for home entertainment.