Nintendo has announced the release of a development tool called ´LiveMove´ that they describe as "a groundbreaking Artificial Intelligence product, that enables the Wii Remote™ to learn."
The tool was developed in conjunction with California-based Artificial Intelligence specialist AiLive and will allow developers to define specific controller moves without any coding or scripting, according to Nintendo´s press release:
Instead of complicated programming, developers need only take a few minutes to train the Wii Remote by examples. LiveMove lets developers focus directly on creative work without the burden of onerous coding requirements, helping them quickly unleash the potential of Wii™. The only limitation is the game creator's imagination.
The tool is available to developers working on Wii projects only and bears a relatively cheap license fee of $2.500.
Just how will it work? Well, here is an interesting video which illustrates just that (as well as the demonstrator´s crazy bird moves fetish).
Below are some interesting examples that further help to illustrate how ´LiveMove´ can help developers. See if you can answer these two little puzzlers. The answers are left as a comment to this post.
Which graphs correspond to the action of a lasso being thrown? Which show whip actions?
Which numbers from 0 to 4 are being drawn in each of these graphs?
This is going to be a very helpful development tool, no doubt about it. When I visited Ubisoft Paris in April for the ´Red Steel´ first-look session, I vividly remember the developer starting his lengthy talk about the development process by saying that they initially had to organize their 3D space.
With that complicated part out of the way, developers can now spend much more time on actually designing a game - like the great mini-game in the instructional video above. This tool could easily prove as important to Wii as XNA is to Xbox360 - and will undoubtedly attract more independent studios to the platform.
Sources: Nintendo press server, Google Video, AiLive white paper
Thanks to: Joystiq