Published on March 26, 2014 by TheRaspberryPiGuy
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In this tutorial I show you how to use a Nintendo Wiimote with your Raspberry Pi. By the end of this video you will be able to receive button presses from the Wiimote, as well as raw accelerometer data. This is very easy to do over the simple Bluetooth protocol and you will then have a wireless controller that is perfect for tasks such as robot control. All you need is a dongle and a Wiimote!

Information:

Here is the Bluetooth dongle I use in the tutorial: www.amazon.co.uk/TINY-WIRELESS-BLUETOOTH-ADAPTER-DONGLE/dp/B0013BFQUE/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1396868444&sr=8-3&keywords=bluetooth+dongle

Here is an official list of all the Raspberry Pi compatible Bluetooth dongles: elinux.org/RPi_VerifiedPeripherals#USB_Bluetooth_adapters

If you don’t have an official Wiimote you can pick one up from here: www.amazon.co.uk/Nintendo-RVLACJW1-Wii-Controller/dp/B000IMWK2G/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1396868792&sr=8-1&keywords=official+wii+controller

NOTE: I have not tested this tutorial extensively with third party Wiimotes and so I cannot guarantee they will work at all. I would recommend being safe and going for an official model such as the above.

Finally here is a link to the GitHub repository I use in the video: github.com/the-raspberry-pi-guy/Wiimote

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Thanks for watching!

The Raspberry Pi Guy

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93 Comments on "Raspberry Pi – How to use a Wiimote!"

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miib2
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miib2
2 years 10 months ago

which bluetooth range suitable for raspberry pi? 10m or the 100m?

BMicraft
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BMicraft
2 years 10 months ago

20m max I would say but this depends on your bluetooth dongle

Lane Elliott
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Lane Elliott
3 years 13 days ago

Great Video, easy to understand. Do you have any videos using the Wiimote to control anything?

Brad McClaren
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Brad McClaren
3 years 23 days ago

Perhaps I don't need to buy an accelerometer after all.  Excellent. #F1MyPC

Bogus Nuggs
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Bogus Nuggs
3 years 1 month ago

Great tutorial! I don't suppose anyone knows of any C based libraries that can be used on the Pi?

Gordon Holden
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Gordon Holden
3 years 1 month ago

Hey, do you have a video like this for a ps3 controller?

Lord Farkwad
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Lord Farkwad
3 years 1 month ago

Thanks your video is great. Very helpful 🙂  It works great for me but I am getting and a message with my accelerometer data that says: Received unexpected write report. Does anybody know why this is?Thanks again

Christofer Jacobs
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Christofer Jacobs
3 years 3 months ago

Do a tutorial how to use the above build but without raspbian!!!!

Si Day
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Si Day
3 years 3 months ago

It asked me for user name and password ?

101blog
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101blog
3 years 4 months ago

Ha also  recorded your Talk on Education at the Raspberry Jam and put it up on the channelMatt The Raspberry Pi Guy on Engaging Students in Education

101blog
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101blog
3 years 4 months ago

Saw your Humanoid robot in your bag at the Jam …Nice bit of kit

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