Since I posted this on the (ccm)2 blog, I have been asked about these wiimotes covered in yarn. Well, while I was searching for a silly picture to post along with the Sonic X promotion, I found these guys. Upon further research, I discovered this blog post by DHRECK, someone who wanted to design a wiimote that contrasted the standard controller.
Made with 3 kinds of 100% natural hemp string on the outside (while remaining 100% functional on the inside). In stark contrast to the original Wii-mote set; what was once sleek, white and hard plastic has now become a slightly fuzzy, natural and textured concoction. No more bland, branded and boring but mottled, flawfull, rough and just a tad sweat absorbing. The Hemp-Mote is absolutely playable, all buttons, accelerometers and the infrared camera accounted for. Unfortunately its exterior is also quite fragile and prone to degeneration (As far as game controllers go), and being in this raw state makes it more of a show-case piece than a daily replacement.
So, here is something that is art, in a sense, which is turned into something functional (video game controller communicates to your gaming system; that's functional, right?), only to perform...video games? No, ART:
I need to figure out how to do this. In the meantime, hat tip to Ben Downs for the