AUTHOR: Brian Peek
TIME REQUIRED: 5 Hours
COST: $40 for Wii Remote (or free if you own a Nintendo Wii console), $80 for a Phidget Interface Kit, $25 for a R/C car
SOFTWARE: Visual C# 2008 Express, Visual Basic 2008 Express, or any full edition of Visual Studio 2008
HARDWARE: Nintendo Wii Remote, Phidget Interface Kit, R/C car with “digital” inputs, soldering iron, solder, wire
Since its North American launch in November 2006, the Nintendo Wii game console’s innovative user interface has taken gaming to a new level. With few exceptions, previous gaming consoles only allowed users to control a game via a standard control pad and buttons. The Nintendo Wii lets users control the games with the motion-sensitive Wii Remote, affectionately known as the Wiimote (see Figure 8-1).
This project will use the motion-sensitive capabilities of the Wiimote to control a standard remote-controlled car, allowing the driver to steer the car left and right by tilting the Wiimote.
For those unfamiliar with the Wii remote, it is a hand-held, rectangular device similar in shape to a television remote control. It is included with the Nintendo Wii console, or can be purchased separately for about $40.
This controller contains a ton of hardware ...