Submitted by kingtroy 15d ago | video

Did you know the Wii U GamePad uses the Earth's magnetic field for positioning?

Vsauce3 has been pumping out these cool stop-motion videos for some time now, and they're actually quite interesting to watch. This one's about the Wii U, the first Nintendo console to support HD. But I'm sure you already knew that (Dev, Nintendo, Wii U)

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GeofferyPeterson  +   15d ago
Hey, so do dogs when they take a crap! Wow, how about that. Wierd ain't it?
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bullymangLer  +   15d ago
the gamePad is K I N G . .

imagine when the pad goes cLoud and you can take it with you wherever, online and ready to rumbLe!
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EliteGameKnight  +   15d ago
I'm no expert, but I'm pretty sure they don't....

Yes, I'm aware it is sarcasm
GeofferyPeterson  +   15d ago
Your'e absolutely 100% wrong, along with everyone that disagrees with me. Google it damn it! Better yet, i'll do it for all of you.
Truth hurts, especially after too much fiber or spicy foods.
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Chrischi1988  +   15d ago
And? The most advanced technology is inspired by how some animals do something.
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EliteGameKnight  +   15d ago
fascinating, thank you for the correction, but the original comment is still not necessary
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saviin  +   15d ago
The bubble system is really nice sometimes
NintendoSonyfan  +   15d ago
That is not 100% of the time though. Since seeing this study I ahve watched my two dogs more closely when on walks or when they go out in the yard and I am having a cigarette. And while 1 of them does tend to do this more often than not, the other seems to go facing whatever direction he wants, although he has always been a stubborn one :) But more to your point as you were obviously trying to comment on how the Wii U is like dog crap, the funny thing is is that the Wii U's motion and positioning work better than PS Move, and Kinect doesn't even have the technology of a dogs crap in it.
M-M  +   15d ago
Earthbound U confirmed.
Th4Freak  +   15d ago
A man can dream T_T
isarai  +   15d ago
yeah it's called an accelerometer, and pretty much anything with motion functionality has it
Beastforlifenoob  +   15d ago
Lol fancy wording can make crushing rocks sound like a technology breakthrough although I will admit the gamepad is one of the best features the wii u has to offer. This article is just un-neccasary though.
Ck1x  +   15d ago
They named the sensor in the video and it's not accelerometer. It's called magnetometer that uses the earth for positioning...
iamnsuperman  +   15d ago
You are right. Both are different bits of kit doing different things but often used in tangent with one and other because they both are fairly vital for anything portable. Which is why I don't get the point of this article. It would be a safe bet it did have a magnetometer in it. It would be news if it didn't (since nearly all mobile devices have it)
kneon  +   15d ago
Accelerometers and magnetometers are used together any time you need not only the orientation of the device but also the direction in which it is facing. Your phone and GPS use these to display a digital compass for example.
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wampdog29  +   15d ago
kneon: actually, most phones and GPS's don't use magnetometers. The compass is based on the direction you are traveling, accelerometers and gyroscopes. Watch when you are backing out of a driveway.... the devices will think you are driving forward still when you really aren't. A magnetometer would correct this.
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Chrischi1988  +   15d ago
And only the top of the line smartphones from 2 years ago had it and that is when the gamepad came out, so it is not as common, as so many think.
kneon  +   15d ago
An in car GPS may not bother with a magnetometer, but hand held GPS usually use it as they are used for hiking and orienteering and need to have proper compass functionality.

With phones it depends, a lot of phones don't have a GPS receiver, they just use the cellular network. But the better phones with a real GPS receivers will usually have real digital compass functionality. I had features phones about 15 years ago that had this capability.
Chrischi1988  +   15d ago
Lol, what has a magnetic field for positioning to do with accelerating?
scissor_runner  +   15d ago
If you have a correct point of origin then the acceleration will be calculated correctly.
Africa4ps4  +   15d ago
Wii U is the poor king
OtakuDJK1NG  +   15d ago
oh I get it. You to poor to own one.
Moonman  +   15d ago
"Now you're playing with power...the EARTHS POWER." :)

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