Wiimote Doubles As Vehicle Accelerometer

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Ready equipped with 3-axis accelerometers, Nintendo's Wiimote is capable of measuring your car's performance. Kevin Lee, a forum user at VW Vortex discovered this and has posted all the necessary calculations to turn the G-force readings into performance figures and even provides a tutorial demonstrating how to connect a Wiimote to a PC. Testing his theory in a BMW M3, he recorded a 0-60 time of 6.7 seconds. The Wiimote is also capable of measuring speed, cornering force and deceleration. Subsequently, Kevin was mocked by other forum users, who questioned the amount of time on his hands and his ability to get a girlfriend. We bet they're just jealous. [Via VWVortex]
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@iamjames: 13.5 for the Jetta and 6.7 for the M3. I suspect the accelerometer isn't accurate up to 60 mph in the WiiMote.