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Offline ajssbp

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on: January 08, 2009, 06:15:34 PM
Hey everybody,

I've been interested in playing around with a wiimote for awhile, and finally think I have an application I can dive into.  I basically want to use a wiimote as a remote for a home-theater PC in the living room.  I know I can do all the button mapping and stuff, that won't be an issue at all, but since (at least as of yet) nobody seems to know how to pair a wiimote with a PC I'm not sure how well it will work.

 I know the wiimote only stays on for like 5 minutes (or something like that) without a button being pushed, and naturally a remote for a HTPC won't be used every 5 minutes.  So my question is, will it continue to be pseudo-paired?  Will I just be able to push a button and it will reconnect and continue to work, or will I have to rediscover and re-pair it every time the wiimote powers down?  Thanks in advance.



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Reply #1 on: January 08, 2009, 06:40:12 PM
ajssbp
Once connected to an application it remains connected.
You can connect the uses a recharging cradle to keep charged.

Other wise load linux & read this: http://www.wiimoteproject.com/bluetooth-and-connectivity-knowledge-center/perminant-wiimote-sync/

It is one of my aims to resolve in the near future, I have sent a request to Bluesoleil to see if they can help us.

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Reply #2 on: January 08, 2009, 06:44:46 PM
So basically once the wiimote was connected to glovePIE or the media-center software it wouldn't disconnect?  That would be awesome if that was the case....

Thanks for the help thus far



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Reply #3 on: January 08, 2009, 06:49:09 PM
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Yes, but once the application is shut down, the wiimote turned off or even the cpu goes into sleep mode you will need to reconnect.

Search ebay I'm sure I have seen cradles where you just drop in the wiimote to it recharges it. From memory they take two (mmmmm, hijack the TV from accross them room when my girlfriend starts watching crap, I like it!).

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Reply #4 on: January 08, 2009, 06:51:30 PM
Addition:
Watchout Wiimotes are very Voltage sensitive any more than 3v and you can fry it. I recomend licensed Nitendo accessories for this very reason. Generally you only pay a few more dollars but it is cheaper than replacing your whole wiimote.

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Reply #5 on: January 08, 2009, 07:02:36 PM
So if, for instance, I have a wiimote sitting on the coffee table and it doesn't get touched for 15 minutes or so while I'm watching TV, it will still be connected?  The application won't ever be terminated (unless it crashes) and likewise it won't go to sleep (because, well, that's how I'll set it up), so really the only way it will disconnect is if the wiimote turns off.  I get that, but is there any way to keep it from turning off (other than putting it in a charging station)?

sorry if I sound like I'm being repetitive, just want it straight in my head....

I really should just swipe a buddy's wiimote and test this.....



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Reply #6 on: February 12, 2009, 03:00:34 AM
Don't forget that GlovePIE has an autoconnect feature built into it, that is only compatible with BlueSoleil. Once GlovePIE is running, just press 1+2 to connect, and you can press the power button on the wiimote to disconnect(this won't affect your wii in the area).

Another alternative that I have adapted is to set Thex's WiimoteConnect to launch a macro I made when it connects. The macro flips a variable in an automation script that presses the "Connect" button over and over at 10 seconds apart. What this does is have my computer always looking for a wiimote, and stop looking when it finds one. This sounds complicated and unnecessary, but after I set it up it just runs, and between the automation program and WiimoteConnect, it takes up maybe %1 of the CPU, which isn't too bad. Still, in the future, a permanent connection is really the only answer.



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Reply #7 on: February 12, 2009, 03:19:49 AM
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We are working on this Thex has done some work and we are waiting on the API from bluesoleil. Staytuned, it was only 12 months ago that you had to use Bluesoleil and connection to other stacks was unknown.

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