Wiimote Firefighting Robot

Chad brings us yet another use for the Wiimote: firefighting robot. The Wiimote acts as a communications gateway via bluetooth to a host PC. The IR sensor is used to detect the fire, and the commands from the host are passed along via the Wiimote expansion port. The robot is pretty basic, but the use of the Wiimote to relay bluetooth comms via I2C is a fantastic hack.

17 thoughts on “Wiimote Firefighting Robot

  1. I watched the video and this thing is cool.

    But the downside I think is that he used it to put out a match… If you are making a fire-fighting robot, shouldn’t you be prepared for bigger fires than a lit match? and how is a fan meant to PUT OUT A BIG FIRE??

    Excellent hack though :)

  2. Put that entire thing in an oven mitt, ( Except for the wheels and heat sensor)

    and then take it outside and light a cracker jack box on fire, and see what it does after you turn it on.

  3. This is probably the best hack here for a long time. It is a well implemented proof of concept of such a robot with an extraordinary way of achieving its goal. Of course you cant stop a fire with a fan, you will make it just bigger! but that is not the point.

  4. as josh said, this is a common goal used for robotics contests. i remember the robotics club in my college building one of these bots over 10 years ago. the contest winner ending up being a guy that worked at a major toy company (mattel i think). he built a wall following robot that moved pretty fast.

  5. yeah, i also find the use of a fan odd. Perhaps the ‘grown up’ version can use a can of compressed CO2.

    Bodiby: it doesn’t matter which toy company he worked for, he probably works for mattel now ;)

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