Modders have created a new mod for the Wii that goes a lot further than traditional mod chips. The WODE (Wii Optical Drive Emulator) enables you to play ISOs directly from USB storage devices and is relatively easy to install. No soldering is required, WODE attaches to the Wii drive cable and is housed in a vertical stand for your Wii that includes a LCD display and joystick.
WODE will include a Flatmod type mainboard that attaches (solderless) to the Wii drive cable similar to other available chips. It also comes with it's own vertical stand that harnesses a slave board with built-in LCD, USB, and SD slot. The SD card is used to house the powerful Linux-based WODE software.
Play Wii & GC game ISOs direct from USB Mass Storage devices @8X read speed (HDD and FLASH drive)
Complete Solder free install solution
Easy to use GUI - LCD & Joystick - NO homebrew software required (no any update of console SO can block this device )
Region hack, Update blocker, Autoboot.
Passthrough with FLAT-MOD mode built-in, play your DVD-R Wii & GC backups and Imports @3X read speed
Powerful ARM9 MCU
Totally Flexible Linux Kernel
USB hub support for multiple USB devices connection
Great File System support - use existing WBFS formatted media or 'drag and drop' ISOs to existing USB devices
Future updates will bring more cool features:
* Disc ripping to WBFS
* USB WiFi & SAMBA streaming
* Torrent & eMule download Client
Here's a clip of the development hardware in action, some images can be viewed at WiiNewz.