WiiMote + iPhone

Yo dawg, we heard you liked accelerometers… Apparently people have been wanting this for a while. We’re not completely sure why, so we’ll wait and see what gets done with it. [Ubiq_01] has connected a WiiMote to his iPhone and is using it to control and OpenGL application. He has released a tutorial (which seems to be down currently) if you want to try to reproduce it yourself.

[via Makezine]


  1. Ben S says:

    May as well just rename the site to Wiimote-a-Day; seems like that’s all people want to hack any more.

  2. Bryn says:

    Shame the tutorial page doesnt work, this could be good for playing NES/SNES/GB/MEGADRIVE etc. games on the iphone!

  3. zach says:

    Try this link: http://web.me.com/smaurice/AppleCoder/iPhone_OpenGL/Entries/2009/4/1_OpenGL_ES_06_-_Objects_in_3D.html

    That seems to be the page that everyone is trying to link to. However, it’s not actually a tutorial about the Wii remote.

  4. will d. says:

    is the view angle of the wiimote also dependent on the physical orientation of the iphone as well?

  5. matthias says:

    hi there. small correction. ubiq_01 posted the video on his blog. I’ve done the demo and the video. The tutorial I’ve mentioned is about OpenGL-ES programming on the iPhone. It helped a lot but has nothing to do with the WiiMote.

    maybe someone can correct the original posting. :)


  6. TheRain says:

    That’s great mathias, but I think everyone would be really interested to know the details of how you got the bluetooth connection to work, if you’d be willing to share the details?

  7. _matt says:

    I was expecting you to finish the whole meme.
    of course, wiimote has 3 accelerometers and 11 buttons, while iphone has a lot less of both

  8. drn says:

    very nice application, i agree with @1 comment it will be a good solution to play games on iphone…

  9. Ben S says:

    @drn: true enough

  10. charlie says:

    sweet, i did not know a useable bluetooth stack had been made for the iphone, been waiting on that, time to check it out..

  11. m0535 says:

    I’m still waiting for someone to create a bluetooth stack that makes the wiimote usable for winmo.

  12. paul says:

    but why?

  13. beStill says:

    make some wii games for the iphone. that would be sweet.

  14. anon says:


    what do you mean by saying “but why?” goddammit you are on a hacking site… (dacepalm)

  15. Kiwisaft says:

    I would love to see someone controlling an RC-helicopter with a wiimote

  16. Adam says:

    Hook iPhone to TV. Hook 2-4 wiimotes to iPhone. Instant game system, and according to some game developers the iPhone 3Gs has more power than the Wii.

    Lots of uses for the ir camera in the wiimote as well (white board stuff, multitouch surfaces, etc).


  17. Matr says:

    Why not use it as a “pen” text interface for the sms and mail and im apps? Write your msg with the wii on an immaginary piece of paper in middle air and the phone recognizes the letters and transforms it into standard text!
    Btw, the iphone does have text recognition for the touchscreen?

  18. joº says:


  19. vincent says:

    That is a good idea to combine iphone with Wiimote. I Got a Wiimote. But i do not know how to use Wiimote to control my sciphone i9+++ which is bought from a Chinese website( http://www.exportsupermart.com). This phone is a cloned one, not real. I try your idea for a long time, but it can not work. Can anyone help?

  20. dustin says:

    this would be cool but who carries around a wiimote all the time?

    Solution- disguise the wiimote as a light saber and attach it to your belt. Whip it out and instead of using your dirty fingers to touch and choose. You can use your “light saber” to scroll through and choose. Cant wait till this thing takes off!!

  21. Free Gadget says:

    Cheers for the great info m8

  22. Love this page, is it updated often? Bookmarked :)

  23. Michael says:

    Notice that the Bluetooth on his iPhone is turned off…

  24. Hi Michael! Thanks for pointing out that the Apple Bluetooth Stack is disabled. I know. My BTstack, however, is active. Have a look at my BTstack Keyboard e.g. at Engadget: http://www.engadget.com/2009/12/24/want-to-connect-your-iphone-and-bluetooth-keyboard-theres-a-j/

  25. Ross E says:

    Hmmm, I’m a little new to the Wii homebrew world, but that video seems way too accurate for the Wiimote sensors alone, especially without the new WiiMotion Plus…

  26. Greg Waters says:

    Has anyone here bought a jailbroken iphone off ebay? Will that phone allow me to use any network in the USA?

  27. So thanks for sharing nifty and interesting information. I’m looking forward to loads more posts :)

  28. Richard Cheney says:

    I would definitely want to see this on Windows Mobile as well. The HTC HD2 has virtually no buttons, which makes it extremely difficult to play emulated games on.
    I can’t find the MSI BGP100 anywhere, but a wiimote would do for what I use my HD2 for (NES, SNES)

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