Deploying the wiimote mouse at the Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

So after spending a few weeks researching on the wiimote mouse and creating a prototype, lo and behold, the powers that be decided to deploy it at an actual event in Malaysia for Petronas, in conjunction with the F1 race going on. While I was glad that my research was actually being used, I didn’t have time to stress test my prototype as I was rushing other projects before being sent to Kuala Lumpur. Needless to say, I was worried and stressed. Especially for the first few days I was there. I hardly slept the first three days as we had to work overnight while the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) was closed at night, and we had to wait for the fabricators to finish the booth structure before we could deploy the PCs. The rush to pack the night before my flight and the unaccounted excess baggage was a bit of a nightmare as well. Not to mention a last minute mis-communication about the screen size which resulted in last minute changes to the wiimote sensor bar design.

Me setting up the sensor bar

Me setting up the sensor bar

Whole setup

Whole setup

After installing “Paint My Car” – paint a virtual car on the huge screen using the wiimote, I had to stay for 12 hours a day on standby at KLCC on technical support standby. Nothing bad happened requiring my attention so I got bored  and did some shopping. I also caught three movies, all the while checking my phone in case of calls for technical help.

I had a nice view of the Petronas Towers and the movies and shopping was a form of therapy. I had excellent rapport with my colleagues and best of all, everything went smoothly despite all the initial stress and anxiety. And now I have a notch in my belt to brag about, documenting this project here.

View of the Petronas Towers near the Petronas tentage where the installation is

View of the Petronas Towers near the Petronas tentage where the installation is

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