Wiimote Powered Self Portrait Generator

This is my first experiment using the open source framework WiiFlash. It is an AIR application built using Flash in which the user can generate a Cubist self portrait by pointing a Wiimote at an Infrared light. Webcam footage is masked and layered using a variety of shapes and lines, the propeties of which can be altered using the Wiimote controls.

Click here to see the video on Vimeo
Click here to see the video on YouTube

The controls are as follows:

B adds shapes to the stage
A gives the pseudo random positioning effect
+ increases the scale of the shapes
– decreases the scale of the shapes
up/right increases the alpha of the lines
down/left decreases the alpha of the lines

The AIR app and source code will be available to download soon. You will however need a Wiimote, a bluetooth dongle, the WiiFlash server installed, a webcam and an Infrared light to use it.

14 Responses to “Wiimote Powered Self Portrait Generator”

  1. 1 Thibault Imbert May 8, 2008 at 10:29 am

    Hi James,

    Very very nice demo, I love it 🙂
    You should make an installation 🙂



  2. 2 Alan May 8, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    This is really cool!

    I would like to see some more of this 🙂


  3. 3 auspice June 3, 2008 at 12:06 am

    Auspice says : I absolutely agree with this !

  4. 4 chromatouch January 12, 2009 at 3:35 am

    what about putting it online? i thought that was what wiiflash was all about?

  5. 5 jamesalliban January 13, 2009 at 2:01 am

    I didn’t put this online in the end as I didn’t think many people would use it due to the cumbersome setup. A user would need:

    A Wiimote
    A bluetooth dongle
    The WiiFlash server installed
    A webcam
    an infrared light

    I’m fairly busy at the moment with other projects but if you have these items and would like to use this piece I would be happy to post the AIR app. As long as you promise to send a screenshot or 2 🙂

    I will be creating some online artworks similar to this fairly soon. They will not make use of the WiiFlash server however.

  6. 6 sn3p February 24, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    I would love to see the source, and play around with it. I hope you are willing to share this nice peace of work 😉

  7. 7 jamesalliban February 25, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    I have a similar project in the pipeline. I will probably release a stripped back version of the code for that.

    I generally don’t like to release all the code for my work as they are whole projects rather than small experiments

  8. 8 almog koren June 24, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    did you ever release the demo file?

  9. 9 jamesalliban June 24, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    No I didn’t. I started working on a mouse controlled version but other projects took over. I’ll finish it one day.

  10. 10 Gaelle berton September 13, 2009 at 10:13 am


    cool! I am getting started with the Wiiflash framework and i am a bit lost, I am glad to see what is possible to achieve though..
    Would you share the code? It certainly would help..

    I’d have a few questions, i there a forum where to post them? or a dedicated place for Wiiflash users?

    Great project though, Bravo!

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