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Wiimote Desktop VR/Head Tracking / Re: IR Glasses
« on: March 04, 2008, 11:58:09 AM »
Just stick in a 1.5v cell battery. Pretty much any that will fit will work. Have you tested the IR LEDs yet? Are they def using 3v or are they using resistors anyways?
Does anyone know of a source for 1.5V cell batteries that are 20mm in diameter?

The glasses I bought use 2x3V CR2032 batteries for each LED.  I want to remove these batteries and replace with a single 1.5V battery, and replace the LED with a (1.5V) IR one.  So far I can't find any battery that is 1.5V and the same size as a CR2032.  Tried Radio Shack, Batteries Plus and searched the web without success.

Bluetooth & Connectivity Help Center / Re: Wiimote connected but no results
« on: February 24, 2008, 08:52:47 PM »
On Vista, you will need to get it to say "No passkey" and "Connected" in the bluetooth control panel applet for "Nintendo RVL-CNT-01".

I have been able to get things working (but not I can't consistently get the "Connected" state) using Vista on a DELL D620 laptop.  I think the DELL uses a CSR bluetooth chip, which is different from yours.  I did not use Blue Soleil.

Have you tried the latest version of the WiimoteLib (1.2.1)?  With that comes a  WiimoteTest program which is helpful in seeing what is going on with communications - it will show on the PC screen when buttons are pressed on the wiimote, etc.

Bluetooth & Connectivity Help Center / Success!
« on: February 24, 2008, 03:56:37 PM »
I was eventually able to get the DesktopVR program running on the Dell D620 laptop with Vista (without Blue Soleil).

The main problem I was having was to get the Wiimote to reliably connect with the computer.  Using Vista's 'Add device' option from the Bluetooth control panel applet, I would always be able to get the wiimote to be recognized as a device, but often it would not go into the Connected state.

Once I was able to get it Connected (I haven't figured out yet why it only works once in many attempts) I was able to run the DesktopVR program and get the 3D effect.

I should mention that I downloaded the 1.2.1 version of WiimoteLib and made a few code changes to the DesktopVR program.  I don't know if it would have worked without this.

I have NOT succeeded with everything, so take this with the appropriate amount of salt, but if I understood Johnny's video correctly:

1) You only need the Wii if you are using the sensor bar
2) The only function of the Wii is to provide power to the sensor bar
3) The only function of the sensor bar is to provide some IR LEDs for the Wiimote to see.
4) Ultimately you would want to build some other way of mounting the IR LEDs (like the glasses he showed).  As the video said, you could in theory use the sensor bar fixed to a baseball cap or something but it would be goofy (not to mention the wire would get in your way.

The forum seems divided among people who:
1) Can get the applications to run only with standard Windows BT drivers
2) Can get the applications to run only with Blue Soleil
3) Can't get the applications to run either way.

I think that those in group 2) are only having success with Blue Soleil version 5.x.  Also many in group 3) seem to have a low opinion of Blue Soleil (won't install, won't run, crashes, etc. etc.)

So can someone explain what Blue Soleil is for?  Is it a replacement driver that allows one to avoid the Windows driver?  I have looked at the web site and it doesn't mention the word 'driver' - describes it as a "set of Bluetooth Application Profiles" whatever that might be and talks a lot about a graphical app that shows all your BT devices.

(When the IVT web page about Blue Soleil includes statements like "A dark blue space-like background creates a sense of depth and intrigue", I am NOT inclined to see it as a serious solution to anything.  Maybe I am missing something...)

I have the same setup (D620, Vista, built-in BT adaptor).  I have been trying to get the Wiimote to talk to the laptop using the standard Dell-provided BT driver. I have not tried BlueSoliel yet (since I don't understand what it is for I didn't want to introduce another complication).

I can sometimes get the Wiimote to show up as a connected bluetooth device by adding it from the bluetooth control panel applet.  It is not reliable, however.  Often if the wiimote is turned off and back on it doesn't seem to connect.

Once, I was successful in connecting to the Wiimote using a test program that I found on the net.  That program was able to display the status of button presses, and the distance calculations from the IR sensor (sorry, I can't remember the name of that program and I don't have the D620 here.)  So there is some hope.

However I have not been successful with Johnny Lee's DesktopVR app, nor with the test program that comes with WiimoteLib.  Both give an error indicating that they can't find a wiimote connected.  I modified his app to use the latest version of WiimoteLib (1.2.1) but still no luck.

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