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« on: October 01, 2011, 07:01:44 AM »

Hi Folks
My first post so be gentle.

I have a small projects that I want to use a WII Remote IR Camera in it.  I have brought several remotes from Ebay but when I open them I find that instead of the small metal surrounded camera module I find that there is a board.

The pin outs of the board look the same indicating that this is an I2C device - but I can find no other information on wether the unit is compatible with the normal projects.

My project is this.  I do animatronics and costuming as a hobby. One of the 'holy grails' or animatronics is real time lip syncing where your costume (think large headp[iece like Underworld Werewolf or baby Godzilla where the wearer is not seen).

If you have seen how James Cameron does the Avatar facial movement tracking then I hope to do someing simpler with 4 points around the mouth working like a flexible diamond shape. Crude but workable with low-processing-power chips.

Many many thanks for any advice.
Marc
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« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2011, 12:31:53 PM »

Hi,

There are variations in Wii Remote circuit boards, but that may be due to different factories or cost cutting with subsequent revisions.

However, the genuine camera in the Wii Remote comes from Pixart and it comes with 8 pins and a metal square casing.

Any other camera is not genuine and has been designed that way to either circumvent patent laws or overcome manufacturing limitations or trade secrets.

I would change suppliers to get the real deal.


Other information I have found useful is

1. Chris the Carpenter

http://letsmakerobots.com/node/25513

http://letsmakerobots.com/node/28789

2. Stephen Hobley

http://www.stephenhobley.com/blog/2009/02/22/pixart-sensor-and-arduino/

http://www.stephenhobley.com/blog/2009/03/01/pixartwiimote-sensor-library-for-arduino/

http://www.stephenhobley.com/blog/2011/03/29/strange-wiimote-camera/


3. and others on the net.


Thanks
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