Benedetto Vigna: The Man Behind the Chip Behind the Wii

The designer of the MEMS motion sensor in Nintendo's fabulous game tells how he got into micromachining and where he's taking it next

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A substantial correction to this article was made on 7 March; to read it, click here.

A photo of a man play nintendo WiiBenedetto Vigna wields the Wii game’s handheld remotes to trade punches with a virtual opponent.RANDI SILBERMAN

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How Nanotech Can Foil Counterfeiters

These tiny mechanical ID tags are unclonable, cheap, and invisible

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What's the largest criminal enterprise in the world? Narcotics? Gambling? Human trafficking?

Nope. The biggest racket is the production and trade of counterfeit goods, which is expected to exceed US $1 trillion next year. You've probably suffered from it more than once yourself, purchasing on Amazon or eBay what you thought was a brand-name item only to discover that it was an inferior-quality counterfeit.

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