Wii + Flash + Papervision3D + C# = Alumni World Map

September 16, 2008 | Uncategorized | 6 Comments

The 2008 class gift for Dallas Seminary is supposed to be a large flat screen with a 3D world that shows where in the world DTS alumni are serving. The requirements were:

  1. The target OS is still unknown and I haven’t done much native Windows or Mac 3D programming. This leads me to use Papervision in Flash which I know and is very easy to use.
  2. The data needs to be easily updatable. Rather than use a database, I built a flat file using a quick C# app that plots alumni by state and country and geocodes their location.
  3. At DTS, the Admissions and Alumni offices are nearby, so the application needs to be interesting to Admissions. Ever since my sweet wife got me a Nintendo Wii a few months ago, I’ve wanted an excuse to program with it. For this project I thought, What’s more fun and interesting than controlling the globe with a Nintendo Wii controller?

Video Demo

Here is a (low quality) video of an early version of the project that gives you an idea of what it’s supposed to accomplish and look like. The first few seconds use mouse navigation, then it switches to WiiMote navigation.


Live Demo

To see a live demo, click the following image. If you want to control using a WiiMote, do the following. (1) connect your WiiMote to a PC via bluetooth. (2) Download the WiiFlash 0.4 package (3) run the included WiiFlash Server, (4) refresh the demo page page, (5) click the “Home” button the WiiMote to toggle controlling via mouse or WiiMote.

Alumni World Globe


Libraries Used

All the tools for this project have been around for almost a year, so nothing is particularly cutting edge, but the mashup and purpose are pretty unique and really fun. Hopefully, playing with the WiiMote will be as fun as actually viewing the map, making the entire experience for prospective students really positive.

6 responses to “Wii + Flash + Papervision3D + C# = Alumni World Map”

  1. John says:

    Wow. That’s awesome! (Great new look too, btw).

  2. Phil says:

    This is awesome work, great job.

  3. jakim says:

    Cool project mate!

  4. this is awesome.
    thanks for your comment, i rephrased / rethought my concept, if you care to take a look.

  5. Dieran Blog says:

    Well, I very lucky to read your post………..

  6. tibia gold says:

    Now and then I’ll stumble across a post like this and I’ll recall that there really are still interesting pages on the web. ^_^. Thanks.

Hi, I'm John Dyer. In my day job, I build websites and create online seminary software for a seminary in Dallas. I also like to release open source tools including a pretty popular HTML5 video player and build tools that help people find best bible commentaries and do bible study. And just for fun, I also wrote a book on the theology of technology and media.

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