In an effort to keep learning new things I decided to give it a try yesterday. It actually works. I was able to get everything functioning properly and have some ideas about how I can make it even better for my next attempt.
If anyone wants to try it here are some lessons that I learned that you can now avoid.
Bluetooth Settings (You'll need them for your computer to recognize the Wii remote):
- If you aren't fortunate enough to have them enabled already on your computer don't spend hours trying to figure it out. I was able to purchase a RocketFish Bluetooth USB port that is very small and can be left plugged in with little hassle for $30.
- Adding a new Bluetooth device like this means that you'll have to enable it every time (not too big of a hassle as it only takes a couple of seconds).
- When you recognize your remote it will prompt you for a password (again, if you are lucky, you'll have the option to continue by clicking on continue without a password). If you are not given the option to bypass the password, hit Alt+s. Make sure you do all of this after you've hit the A & B buttons on your remote so it sends a signal.
- There are programs available that will allow you to do this. The hardest part is trying to position your Wiimote just right so that it can see everything.
- Radio Shack is helpful as you can just give them a shopping list and they will find everything for you with few problems.
- Finding an N-battery case wasn't so easy after visiting two Shacks so I went with AAA.
- If you want a fancy pen to put them inside of your batteries will probably not fit as easily without the N battery. I found a Liquid Paper Precision Pen at Office Max that I was able to pull apart and hollow out to fit most of the parts in.
- To test to see if your IR light is working use a camera phone. By looking through the camera you'll be able to see if your light is turning on.
- + and - matters so get it right.
- Find a method to diffuse the IR light (Scuff the LED bulb; point the pen backward or toward your Wiimote; position aluminum foil or a ball bearing in front of the bulb to reflect the light; etc).
Join the Will Project