Last night, I read that there was a firmware upgrade for the Wii. In installed it and went to the internet channel to see if I could use my keyboard to enter in urls but it didn’t work. Bummer.
This morning, I got the pretty blue light notification on my Wii. There were three messages from Nintendo. The more interesting of the messages said that there were new versions of the Everybody Votes Channel and Internet Channel. I upgraded the channels from Wii Ware in the Shop Channel.
Voila! Now I can surf on the internet on the Wii with my wireless keyboard. There’s additional functionality where selecting text on a page with the A button and then clicking on the Find (binocular) button on the toolbar will open up the search interface with the selected text already there.
One shortcoming is that when I click OK to enter an address or keyword search, it adds a carriage return in the input box, instead of going to the URL or looking up the keyword. I have to use the Wii Mote to click OK.
OMG, I was checking out my Wii feed in my iGoogle and read Wii USB Ports Now Compatible With Keyboard! I had to try it out for myself.
I have a wireless Logitech keyboard for my desktop. It was more of a hassle to get everything disconnected and then reconnected than it was to actually use the keyboard. It was so easy. Plugged in the USB connector into the Wii, turned on the console, went to WiiMail to create a new Memo, and started typing away!
Unfortunately, I can’t use the keyboard in Opera for entering URLs or form inputs. That should be fixed in the future… if they could do this, that should be easy to do.
Although my laptop and TV/Wii are in the same room, it would be much more comfortable to use the TV/Wii combo. I have a few positions I can be in when using the laptop, but they’re not all comfortable. I can have more positions lying or sitting on the couch watching television. Also, the keyboard is much lighter than the laptop.
I can’t believe Nintendo didn’t announce this feature. It’s friggin awesome. Wiiiii!