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Programmers Den / Wiimote Drivers
« on: August 18, 2008, 07:48:22 PM »
Advance apology for the forum choice - didn't seem to be one specifically for software, but I'm all for condensing it anyway.

My question: What driver should I use?

Potential answers: There's a comprehensive looking list of drivers here.

Factors that should narrow it down:
  • I'm running Windows
  • I'm used to OOP like C++/Java
  • I haven't bought a Bluetooth device yet
  • Main function: game development

Furthermore: are certain devices limited to certain drivers? I imagine so. Everyone might as well just post exactly what they use.

General Hardware Talk / Rapid X, Y, Z detection?
« on: August 05, 2008, 08:01:16 PM »
I'm a programmer / game developer, but I don't know much about hardware. I'd like to know what sort of device would be best for continuous (at least 30hz) positions relative to a sensory origin. I'm talking about several (four or more) wireless devices passing very small data packets (XYZ coordinates with double precision means 24-bytes per frame, per device), presumably via WiFi. To hell with the accelerometer or buttons. The main shortcomings, as with most consumer technology, are price and size: devices similar to what I describe are a bit too expensive (ideally under $10 each), and a bit too large (ideally smaller than matchbooks).

The Wiimote, unfortunately, does not satisfy these needs. It communicates its position relative to the screen via infrared detection, and must be pointed at the screen to work properly.

My goal is a difficult one, and it sounds like it's from a space opera or comic book. I want to attach several of these nodes to someone's body as a form of HIDs - really advanced/immersing gameplay, if achieved. In fact, nothing short of breaking new ground in the video game industry.

I know the technology do do exactly this has been around for at least a decade; however, it has only been used in academic contexts - expensive and nonstandard. Now, finding a homebrew means of achieving such an input method is likely within reach. I have come to this project in my zeal. You guys have the knowledge and, likely, the resources. Can this be done?

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