Author Topic: WiiMote / Wii Remote AD to DC powered Setup Guide  (Read 15186 times)

Offline bubka

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on: February 09, 2009, 03:46:49 PM
Alright, here is my setup.  I also have an erase pushing down on the red sync button so that when the power adapter is plugged in, the fixed ceiling mounted wiimote does not need to be synced by pressing the 1 & 2 buttons.

The power source:  Mutli-out DC adapter set to 3 volts, I have taped over the adjustment to prevent accidental over volting.


The wire is from the old analog CD-ROM output to sound card cable:


Springs with power cable mounted in a cut to fit eraser (insulator):


Wires soldiered on, although the one has broke lose, it is still fixed around the spring, complete circuit:


Placing it in:


Fits snug, + on left, - on right:


Cover back on:


Mounted high, yes that is a test tube clamp:



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Reply #1 on: August 20, 2009, 02:44:03 AM
Have tried Bubka's suggestion of  using an eraser to permently holding down the red sync button to enable the blue tooth connection when the Wiimote is attached to the ceiling etc.  It doesn't work as it only syncs for a set time and the lights stop flashing before I can connect .  However if I hold down buttons 1 & 2 permanently, I can connect remotely .What is the effect of permanently holding down buttons 1 & 2?



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Reply #2 on: August 21, 2009, 01:02:43 AM
Hey guys,

These are great ideas and they probably work but...  they look terrible.  I know this is sacrelige on THIS website but, why don't get rid of the wii remote and the blue tooth all together?  Can't somebody just put circuitry into a high resolution IR web cam so that it will do the blob tracking we need, and have a driver that was made for the PC / mac from the get go? 

My monitor's built in web cam does not ask me to change batteries, or press two buttons every time I want to turn it on. When I want to get on yahoo or sype it just works.

That's what I want for all of us and the teacher's that we serve, a system that was designed to be an interactive white board from the beginning, not just the greatest "kludge" of all times. I want to turn on my computer, do a four point calibration at the beginning of the day and be done with it.

A wii mote for a white board will never make it into corporate meetings and ESPECIALLY not sales presentations.  It just looks too "geto".

Any PHD engineers out there? If Nintendo can sell the Wii remote for $40 with the camera and the buttons, and the motion sensor, and the connection for the nun chucks, etc., then it should be possible to manufacture and IR cam and blob tracker that ONLY has to be an IR cam and blob tracker, and sell it for 30 or 40 dollars.

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Reply #3 on: August 21, 2009, 03:32:18 AM
Hi Shakespeare1212   Nice ideas, but as  one can't get an IWB without shelling out several thousand dollars to the corporate sector, who aren't about to reinvent them at vastly cheaper prices,  some of us  in the teaching profession are probably prepared to put up with a few hassles.  I only bought my WiiMote just four weeks ago and this week gave my first class using the Smoothboard software. It seems pretty functional, especially when one considers the cost or lack of. As I've said, it's very early days with me and it can only get better.



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Reply #4 on: August 21, 2009, 05:38:06 AM
Hey guys,
A wii mote for a white board will never make it into corporate meetings and ESPECIALLY not sales presentations.  It just looks too "geto".

Something a little less ghetto for you: http://smarttech.com/

Oh, whats that, you only want to spend $55, well Wiimote it is.

Me I like ghetto!

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Reply #5 on: August 26, 2009, 11:37:29 PM
Wow Shakes, that was a *brave* post...
There is a good point that we can get caught up in the DIY and cool factor, and not make stuff pretty.

I am just off to show the wiimote to a corp meeting guy next week...  and for presentations they are fantastic, depending on what you are selling and to who.  But there is no real "businessman pen".  (I built one into a tie as a joke, but I don't think that counts.)

However,  the wiimote is being used by scientists to track and simulate touch, so if it's good enough to make tiny holographic elephants dance at a top Japanese university, itīs good enough for me.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-P1zZAcPuw[/youtube]



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Reply #6 on: August 27, 2009, 04:04:17 AM
Hi guys - it can be done 'professionally'. I'll add a post to the for sale section so as not to hijack this thread for commercial purposes. What I'm talking about briefly is a mount that looks good anywhere, a clip in insert for permanent mains power and a remote synching button. The insert is regulated and contains protection for the wiimote.
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Reply #7 on: October 14, 2009, 12:07:30 AM
Can't somebody just put circuitry into a high resolution IR web cam so that it will do the blob tracking we need, and have a driver that was made for the PC / mac from the get go?

My monitor's built in web cam does not ask me to change batteries, or press two buttons every time I want to turn it on. When I want to get on yahoo or sype it just works.

That's what I want for all of us and the teacher's that we serve, a system that was designed to be an interactive white board from the beginning, not just the greatest "kludge" of all times. I want to turn on my computer, do a four point calibration at the beginning of the day and be done with it.
I'm doing it using a commonly available webcam, I think it has pretty good response compared to others I've seen (found similar projects when uploading my video), you can have a look at
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ricqzwHqJHM

A wii mote for a white board will never make it into corporate meetings and ESPECIALLY not sales presentations.  It just looks too "geto".
The Wiimote was not designed with this application in mind, so...

Any PHD engineers out there? If Nintendo can sell the Wii remote for $40 with the camera and the buttons, and the motion sensor, and the connection for the nun chucks, etc., then it should be possible to manufacture and IR cam and blob tracker that ONLY has to be an IR cam and blob tracker, and sell it for 30 or 40 dollars.
Nintendo manufactures Wiimotes in very large quantities, and I'm not sure if they're making some profit of Wiimotes (they're doing of the Wii console as a whole). But you're right, it should be possible (if massively produced).