The New York Times takes a closer look at Nintendo’s new gaming console:
One controller is shaped like a sleek television remote (sometimes called the Wii-mote); the other plugs into the remote with a short wire, creating a vague resemblance to the two-handled martial-arts weapon it is named for, the nunchuk.
And beneath the controllers white plastic shells are an array of time-tested digital technologies working together in new ways.
The controllers communicate with the Wii console, a $250 box no larger than a childs lunchbox, with the wireless technology known as Bluetooth. It is the means commonly used to link cellphones with their wireless headsets. The Wii remote also uses infrared, the same technology that links television sets with their remote controllers, to track where the controller is pointed.