Wii NxtBalance Robot Rolling

Categories: Video, Wiimote Hack.

Have a look at this Wii NxtBalance Robot Rolling around. Looks like the Wiimote was made for this use!

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“What you need:

* lego NXT with OSEK firmware and the NXTway-gs program loaded
* a wiimote of course
* ubuntu and python with bluetooth modules
* rfcomm,pybluez and pyserial
* a python script to parse the wiimote data and send it to the lego nxt”

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Wii Earth – Homebrew Program

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Wii Earth allows you to browse the earth in great detail from the comfort of your Wii with your Wiimote. The results are just like Google Maps.

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Wiitar – Wiimote Guitar Build Log

Categories: Wiimote Hack.

You may remember the Wiitar that we featured before. Well the creator has made a build log of it so that we can see some behind the scenes creation of the musical device.

“To fit the wiimote board inside the guitar (in this case, an Ibanez RG series), I carved the middle section between the tremolo cavity and the electronics cavity(a chisel paired with a hammer did the job) .To place it further inside the electronics cavity, I carved a pocket close the outer wall. With this way, wiimote board fits in with minimal carving, still leaving room for batteries and other circuits in the tremolo cavity.”

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Hexapod is controlled by Wiimote

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When you add a wiimote to a cool hexapod robot the results are great (if not a bit creepy).

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Webcam controlled by Wiimote Accelerometer

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Here is a cool way to control your Webcam! With a flick of your wrist this camera is moved to the location you want. If you want more have a look at this other project that does something similar.

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Wiimote Controlled Coil Gun

Categories: Insane, Video, Wiimote Hack.

If you need a way to protect your cubicle at work this Wiimote Controlled Coil Gun should fit the bill.

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“In this setup I use a python script and MoteDaemeon to bring the events into my laptop’s domain. Of course I could script up a number of local events but what I wanted to do was act on that data and sending commands to an ioBridge module.

So I build a website which monitors the position from one axis of the wiimote and extrapolates that position to a servo output on a remote ioBridge module (which happens to be in my office, but doesn’t have to be). I’m also tracking some of the button inputs and can expand easilly to include other axes as well!”

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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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