Heart LED kit controlled by a Wii Nunchuck

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This LED heart was hacked so that it could be controlled by a Wii Nunchuck.

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“Recently I ordered the kit for an OpenHeart: an LED panel in the shape of a heart that uses charlieplexing to minimize the number of I/Os required to address the LEDs. The instructions were great and I picked up some tips to make my soldering better. The author made it very easy, even providing a flash-based programmer that lets you define your animation sequence and writes the code for you, so for animations all you need to do is cut-and-paste the code into the Arduino IDE and download it.”

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Wiimote as a Level

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Next time you are leveling a surface grab your wiimote instead of your spirit level!

“Missing a spirit level at home, I decided to use the Wiimote as a replacement. Over time, this tool evolved to something more like a protractor. Put the wiimote on a surface you want to use as a reference and press A. This will start a calibration for minimum and maximum values of your Wiimote, afterwards you can put it on a target surface to see the difference in inclination.”

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Stereo 3D Head Tracking using the Wiimote

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We have see the cool head tracking using the wiimote that Johnny Lee designed. Mediacreator has taken that lead and took it farther. Now with either a stereo TV or some 3D glasses you can see the actual depth of the rings. I can’t wait to see what type of games use this technology!

“We were inspired by Johnny Lee’s Youtube movie about VR Head tracking with the Wii Remote. We thought it would be cool if Johnny’s concept could actually be shown in stereoscopic 3D.”

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Virtual Reality with Wiimote and IR LEDs

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This project uses head tracking that we have seen before, but includes object tracking. This needs 2 Wiimotes and some IR LEDs but the results are great.

“Three of the four LEDs are aligned in a line with only slightly different height. The fourth LED is mounted above the line with more height. This special order of the lights is needed by the algorithm to be able to assign the IR-points recognized by the Wiimote to the original LEDs of the beacon. It is also important that the fourth LED has not the same height, so that the LEDs are not so planar. Please see picture 4 for a schematic layout of the beacon. For power supply I just us on AAA battery and connect all LEDs in parallel to the battery poles. For easy handling I use a battery holder which are also available at electronic components supply stores.”

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Neuros Set Top Box adds Wiimote support

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The Neuros system now has Wiimote support! Have a look at it in action after the jump.

“As most of you know, the LINK started out life as what we call a “TVPC,” namely a disc-less, quiet computer that’s configured specifically for bringing Internet video to the tv. From that foundation, it’s rapidly evolving to provide a more seamless couch experience. One area that’s receiving a lot of attention is the controller.

Recently, we’ve been spending some time prototyping with motion sensing controllers, including the Nintendo wii controller. The significant thing about this kind of interface is that it allows an easy way to have both standard menu navigation (up down left right) as well as free form mouse control, which is still needed for web browsing. There’s even a virtual keyboard
(which we certainly won’t use in production).”

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DIY Wiimote Zapper Gun

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If you want to save some money why not make a Wii Zapper instead of buying one.

“I made it from plastic acrylate sheets, but you could also make it from cardboard. A tip is to use cardboard from a cereal box because it have a large flat surface and is very strong or laminate the print. I left the top open so you could easily remove the Wii mote and also could press the buttons easily. I used few elastic bands to hold it in place. Cause I did not want to make it that your Wii remote would get stuck in it and that you could not take it out again.”

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Wii Zapper Gun Hack

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All the Wii guns are functional and make the shooting games more fun but none of the guns are very realistic. This hack uses a more realistic gun to make playing Wii games more fun!

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“Playing shooters with the Wii is an enormous fun but all the guns I could find were so bad; using the Wii Zapper you need to use a different trigger finger using just the normal Wiimote-mounted pistols is still bad, because using the A-button is complicated…The solution was using an old air-soft MP5 and get a Wiimote in there. Because the first attempt was really a prototype an a friend of me asked me to if I could build him one as well I decided to comment the building to upload it here. It took me about three days to build it”

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Nunchuck Controller Robot

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With a simple adapter board the Wii Nunchuck can be connected to a microcontroller. When this is done you have full control of all the electronic signals that are available. What can be done? How about drive a robot!

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WowWee Rovio controlled by a Wiimote

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The WowWee Rovio is a cool robotic platform that can be controlled using a Wii Remote. Have a look at Robodance for more details.

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Wii Nunchuck and Arduino controls 3D Studio Max

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This project uses a Wii Nunchuck and Arduino to controls 3D Studio Max.

“A good way to control objects in 3DS is to use the track view to assign different type of controllers to the various properties of the object you want to control. For instance, if you want to have small vibrations on the tip of a bird’s wing, you can use a Noise Controller. For this setup, I used the Motion Capture controller.

3DS can use different inputs to allow motion capture : Mouse, Keyboard, Joystick or MIDI. I wanted to use some kind of “translation” in processing to emulate a HID device, but it seems to be impossible… So I used MIDI.

Here’s my setup under windows :
– Arduino using a WiiChuck adapter from todbot (thanks kurt ^^) and the WiiChuck library from Tim Hirzel
– Data sent to Processing via serial connection and translated to MIDI CC messages using the proMIDI library by Christian Riekoff
– MIDI output from processing sent to midiYoke
– midiYoke sends this data to Ableton Live
– Ableton re-sends the CC messages to midiYoke
– Using Float Motion Capture controllers on 3D Studio Max to rotate the objects according to the pitch and roll of the wiichuck…”

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