I love the Works For Me posts over at RocksinmyDryer.typepad.com, but since not much ever works correctly around the Topsy-Techie household, I thought I would talk about what I WISHED worked…
Case in point: Using my son’s Wii Remote as an All-Purpose Remote Tool
Thanks to a blogging buddy’s Teaching and Learning Spanish blog, I discovered some really neat uses for the Wii Remote today. This one is particularly cool for teachers and homeschoolers:
So I got to thinking that with my Wii remote, my bad-self techie skills, a couple infrared dots, and some duct tape, I ought to be able to save the planet. Now don’t get me wrong…the Wii remote in our house isn’t gathering dust, or anything, but surely it could be put to better uses than just helping H-T defeat jungle monsters in the latest Lego Indiana Jones game. My ultimate goals for the Wii remote would be to:
- Virtually clean the toilet bowls. I’m thinking that a couple of infrared dots where the Tidybowl man hangs out ought to do it. Then I would just swish that remote in a circular pattern, and voila! Sparkly johnnies!
- Virtually retrieve the mail – – especially on rainy days. One dot on the front door of the mailbox, and one on the flag, and I should be good to go. Although those Wii remotes can be pretty sensitive sometimes. I would hate to overshoot and pick up my bachelor neighbor’s girlie mags by mistake. That one might need some tweaking.
- Virtually water the plants – – . I love, love, love, my houseplants, but I tend to forget about them when they aren’t making a lot of noise. Squeaky wheel and all. I mean I never forget to water the dogs, you know, cause they sorta make this moaning, whiny sound when they get dangerously dehydrated. But the plants? Well, I’m sure they whine and moan too, but non-advanced human that I am, I can’t usually pick up on it. So my ideal Wii remote gadget would include a timer, and a virtual waterstream from my sink to the plants, because I also can’t be bothered most days to find the watering can. Do you think infrared dots do any damage to live plants? Gosh, I hope not.
- Virtually write my blog while I am away. Yep, Topsy-Techie will be traveling to Nevada tomorrow, and won’t be back till next week, so I could really use that Wii remote to digitally post for me while I’m away. What’s that you say? My blogging software already lets me schedule my posts while I’m gone?? Hmph. That is not nearly as cool.
Be thinking of you from Vegas, ya’ll. I promise that if I hit it big while I’m out there, I’ll split my earnings with everyone who leaves a comment on this post. So comment away…
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