An Arduino board can easily interface a wide variety of items, and one example of this is by allowing control of a laser beam via a Nintendo WiiChuck. Enthusiast Maks Surguy has mounted a laser pointer on a pan/tilt bracket that contains two servos, allowing for an almost-hemispherical range. Then the Arduino reads the position data from the WiiChuck and translates this into commands for the service, thus mimicking the controller with the laser - plus allowing control of power to the beam, as shown in the following video:
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