Bluetooth-enabled Wii nunchuck

wireless_nunchuck

The wireless controller for the Nintendo Wii has been used in many a hack due to its simple to use Bluetooth interface. The nunchuck portion of the controller however, has always required a physical tether to the wireless controller, or an aftermarket wireless dongle. [Rousselmanu] is looking to change that with his Bluetooth-enabled wireless Wii nunchuck. He is able to retrieve a slew of data from the nunchuck, including information from all of the accelerometers, buttons, as well as the joystick. The data is read into a PIC MCU and relayed via serial to a Bluetooth module he purchased online.

The Bluetooth module looks fairly easy to interface in Linux, and [Rousselmanu] has a video showing off how well the nunchuck can be used to interact with 3D models. He admits that the controller is a bit ugly at the moment as all the components don’t quite fit so well, but future revisions will surely remedy that.

Keep reading to see a video of the nunchuck in action.

Comments

  1. Doublet says:

    Please, oh please never record your screen with a videocamera. Use Camstudio (http://camstudio.org/ – opensource) or whatever. I’m just tired of seeing filmed screens on videos of hacks.

  2. Hal Hockersmith says:

    @doublet um but then how would be see the realtime interface between nunchuck and screen? If there is nothing but the screen then yes, screen capture should be a must, but if you are interacting with the screen no. We need to see how the system interacts.

    My nitpick time, tripod please?

  3. Gdogg says:

    Cool hack.

    Can you file this under nintendo hacks, too?
    Hell, all wii hacks should be under nintendo hacks

  4. Mike Nathan says:

    @Gdogg – Good catch, done.

  5. alan says:

    @doublet i agree with @Hockersmith. we need to see the interaction between the chuck and the screen. But yes- should use a tripod or something..

  6. rousselmanu says:

    Yes, you’re right, the video is too shaky. I’ll pay more attention to that next time.
    I will swap my young sister with a tripod :)

  7. Doublet says:

    @Hal Hockersmith
    Have a look at http://vimeo.com/16321716, for example.

  8. xeracy says:

    @Doublet – WE DONT CARE THAT THE VIDEO WAS SHAKY. IT COULD HAVE BEEN AN ANIMATED CRAYON DRAWING ON A SERIES OF NAPKINS, IF IT GOT THE POINT ACROSS THEN IT WAS EFFECTIVE.

    /caps-rant

  9. Doublet says:

    @xeracy
    Chill out man. I’m just saying filming your own screen isn’t the best way and isn’t very clear. I don’t say his project sucks (it’s awesome!). Next time turn your caps-lock off and act like a big boy.

  10. xeracy says:

    @Doublet – “I don’t say his project sucks” –exactly, you added nothing to the conversation. I do apologize for the capslock, it is immature.

  11. DeadlyDad says:

    @rousselmanu: RE: Camstudio

    “with the unique Video Annotation feature you can even personalise your videos by including a webcam movie of yourself “picture-in-picture” over your desktop.” That would allow a sharp, clear screen image along with an inset video of the controller itself in action.

  12. HARaaM says:

    Can Sister Code, cook, or solder?

  13. JGJ says:

    First of all, nice hack rousselmanu

    Secondly, to all of you suggesting CamStudio,
    from the excellent video, it looks like rousselmanu is using Linux/GNU, I can’t seem to find anything about Linux/GNU at http://camstudio.org/
    Is there a Linux/GNU version of CamStudio, or does it work in Wine?

    Ps. sorry for my bad English

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