Playstation Move used to measure earth’s rotation

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In what has to be the geekiest thing done with a video game controller, ever, an enterprising nerd has used Sony’s hyper-accurate Move controller to measure the earth’s rotation.

Used because its dual-axis gyroscope boasts a high dynamic range that makes other tangible motion sensing peripherals look a little silly, the Playstation move is coupled with a few cardboard tubes, a record player and a Helmholtz coil (a set of two magnetic coils used to produce uniform magnetic field, nullifying the earth’s own magnetic pull) to measure the earth’s polar rotation – along with some other particularly nerdy pursuits .

It is somewhat comforting to know that any inaccuracies with PS Move are by design; if they were more accurate, they’d possible classed as components suitable for missile tracking systems.

Incredibly geeky video after the jump.

Source : Gamekit

Last Updated: February 22, 2011

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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