TED Talks Worth Talking About – Johnny Lee Hacks a Wii

Posted on April 12, 2008


March 2008, Johnny Lee gave a short 5 minute presentation on how he innovated on the famous Nintendo Wii to turn the $40 remote into a low-cost, multi-point, interactive white board, and a desktop Virtual Reality 3D device. Within a week of posting his research on YouTube, over a million people had seen the work (now over 4 million), and in a three month period of time the free software that allows this to happen had been downloaded over half a million times and is currently being used by teachers and students all over the world.

Pretty amazing since many in my ministry (Junior Highers, High Schoolers, and volunteers) can’t even seem to get it to work properly sometimes for the originally intended usage. Nevermind myself :-). Regardless, this is another example of how, as Lee puts it,

“YouTube has really changed the way and the speed that an individual can spread an idea around the world.”

And not just how the idea can spread, but how the idea can revolutionize how people act and behave. Marshall McLuhan would be happy…or would he?

THE CREATIVE SPIRIT OF ADAM. What is perhaps most fascinating about this, and other innovations that we discover at TED.com, is that this is again evidence of the creative spirit of humanity. People have an innate ability and drive to be creative with the world around us. This goes back to the naming responsibility God gave ADAM.

…whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. – Genesis 2:19

In ancient times, names were identity and destiny. With Wii controllers, with animals, with the creation, and even with people, we have the unique ability, to give things and people new senses of identity, purpose, direction, destiny, etc. While we may be amazed at Johnny Lee, I pray also, that we will sublimate our amazement at him in order to reach down into each of our collective creative selves, and get excited about our personal abilities to speak into this world a newer and greater sense of identity,

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