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Use android device as remote for the WII

Posted by rikmer 
Use android device as remote for the WII
September 11, 2010 03:59PM
Hi,

I am relatively new to this but is there an existing library which allows connecting other Bluetooth devices to the WII? I am asking this because if there is a possibility to do that I probably will begin looking into using an android device for input to the WII. The only sensor on most android devices that is missing compared to a WII remote is the IR sensor. So in principal it would be possible to develop an app which emulates a WII remote.

BR
Re: Use android device as remote for the WII
September 11, 2010 10:43PM
I'm no expert, but I believe messing with the bluetooth is dangerous to the wii. I'd wait for someone smarter to give you some input, but to me, the whole thing doesn't seem worth it.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 09/12/2010 02:56AM by bigmac909.
Re: Use android device as remote for the WII
September 12, 2010 01:35AM
in theory- genuis
in life- not so much
wii and blue tooth dont mix together to many glicthes/and or problems with phone/wii would null and void your phone warranty so pleaze dont try it any one (reffence from modding my previous andriod phone )
Re: Use android device as remote for the WII
September 12, 2010 02:12AM
Re: Use android device as remote for the WII
September 12, 2010 03:41PM
No real answer so far.

Bluetooth connection is available between any bluetooth enabled devices, only the right driver needs to be made.

Bluetooth is a hardware technology for devices communication, which relies on high frequency, short range, radio signals. It is full-duplex, which means that communication can always go in both ways, and it must necessarily be implemented in both communicating devices. Hence, bluetooth transmiter-receiver exist in both Wii console and Wiimotes. The proof of it is the rumble in the controllers which is a feedback communication sent to the Wiimote.

I have read some time ago some articles about some guy who successfully connected a Wiimote to his computer via bluetooth, however, it might be more difficult to connect a bluetooth device with the Wii console. It might be achieved by low-level programming on the Wii console. Either that, or programming an application on the Android which fakes the device ID from the Wiimotes, making the Wii believe that it is a Wiimote. I don't own nor have had any experience with Android phones, so I don't know how possible that is.

This is an interesting project indeed, but I'd advice to take some previous step to this, such as first connecting a PC successfully to a Wii via Bluetooth. Or researching on how a Wiimote can be connected to a PC through it.
Re: Use android device as remote for the WII
September 12, 2010 06:55PM
I've been researching this topic for about a month now. The biggest hurdle I'm currently trying to overcome is the fact that I can not trick the Wii into connecting to my Android phone. I changed my bluetooth device name to "Nintendo RVL-CNT-01" and opened what I think are the correct sockets that listen for incoming connections. I then make my phone discoverable and press the sync button on the Wii. Nothing. I've also tried the reconnect option in the Wii home menu. But the Wii will not take the bait. The connection process has to involve more than scanning for devices named "Nintendo RVL-CNT-01". It could either be a device class issue, or a pin issue...
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September 12, 2010 09:59PM
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September 13, 2010 03:06PM
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September 13, 2010 03:50PM
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September 13, 2010 05:26PM
Re: Use android device as remote for the WII
September 18, 2010 01:50PM
I think I know what's wrong. Before the Wii connects to the remote, it uses SDP to determine the services provided by the device. So, even though I've opened up both L2CAP sockets to listen for connections, I am not updating my phone's SD database with the appropriate info. The Android API (even the private API) does not support adding L2CAP entries to SD. I'm thinking the only way to do this would be to interact with bluez at a much lower level. Still looking...
Re: Use android device as remote for the WII
September 19, 2010 10:47AM
Re: Use android device as remote for the WII
September 19, 2010 12:19PM
One other question ... How do you test? Did you write an experimental app for android? Or do use an emulator? Or do you try to connect through linux, windows or mac? If you have some basic code I really like to look into it. Hopefully you or we will manage to connect to the WII. It would be awesome.
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September 19, 2010 01:40PM
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September 19, 2010 05:37PM
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September 20, 2010 01:06AM
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September 20, 2010 01:10AM
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September 20, 2010 12:38PM
Re: Use android device as remote for the WII
September 20, 2010 02:23PM
Maybe it is time to move this thread to a more appropriate forum such as Coding.

This definitely does not belong to Getting Started anymore :)
Re: Use android device as remote for the WII
September 20, 2010 02:28PM
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