May 10, 2007

Websites designed for Wiibrowsing

Filed under: web — Warren Hutchinson @ 8:54 am


Originally uploaded by Snowbadger.

There’s a growing list of websites that have been designed specifically with the Wii Opera browser in mind including Google Reader, WiiTube and Mapwii.

Go to Mashable for the full list.

Now, in my mind this can only go so far due to the context of the input device, but it certainly poses some interesting questions for designers and for the gaming SNS services. Chiefly the difference between ‘sit-forward’ and ‘sit-back’ browsing.

Sit-forward browsing is the traditional one-to-one experience controlled by a single person using a keyboard and mouse. Sit-back is a different interaction paradigm due to a couple of factors:

  1. more people participate in the experience, which means that
  2. the experience is under pressure to be entertaining, whilst
  3. the ‘driver’ is using a game-pad or remote control as an input mechanism.

These are a completely different set of design challenges to be overcome and will not be met by traditional means so I’m interested in seeing how this develops.

I’m sure we’ll see a high penetration of Wiis given the stock so this will be an interesting area to consider for certain types of projects. I can think of one we won yesterday that might benefit from this type of integration.

From: Mashable



  1. The URLs for the sites mentioned in this blog post are:

    Google Reader:

    Comment by gamergod42 — May 10, 2007 @ 2:36 pm

  2. Added to the narrative.. Thanks! My mistake.

    Comment by Warren Hutchinson — May 10, 2007 @ 3:40 pm

  3. I think there’s some really interesting areas for us to look at around the way you could possibly interact with a website through the Wii, especially if you consider that the Wiimote offers up a lot more options of interaction than simply using it as a pointing device.

    How about ‘gesture’ browsing? For instance, if you were presented with a confirmation box which you had to answer yes or no to, moving the Wiimote up and down could be a ‘yes’ (like a nod of the head) and a movement left to right could be a ‘no’ (like shaking your head)

    I could see ‘gesture’ browsing being quite a fluid and possibly fun way to interact with a website.

    Comment by Michael McIntyre — May 11, 2007 @ 2:42 pm

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