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ERIC Number: EJ1000738
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Nov
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-0031-921X
Simultaneous Tracking of Multiple Points Using a Wiimote
Skeffington, Alex; Scully, Kyle
Physics Teacher, v50 n8 p482-484 Nov 2012
This paper reviews the construction of an inexpensive motion tracking and data logging system, which can be used for a wide variety of teaching experiments ranging from entry-level physics courses to advanced courses. The system utilizes an affordable infrared camera found in a Nintendo Wiimote to track IR LEDs mounted to the objects to be tracked. Two quick experiments are presented using the motion tracking system to demonstrate the diversity of tasks this system can handle. The first experiment uses the Wiimote to record the harmonic motion of oscillating masses on a near-frictionless surface, while the second experiment uses the Wiimote as part of a feedback mechanism in a rotational system. The construction, capabilities, demonstrations, and suggested improvements of the system are reported here. (Contains 1 table and 8 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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