Making a Wii remote talk to Pure Data (PD)

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Making a Wii remote talk to PD could be fun. You have a pretty-accurate/not-over-sensitive accelerometer inside a Wii remote. Also, there are a bunch of LEDs and a pager motor (vibrator) inside the Wii that can be used for a lot of fancy purposes.

In this guide, we assume that you are running Ubuntu on the Beagleboard. You need a bluetooth dongle to let the Beagleboard and the remote pair with each other. To finish this task, we need to install a bunch of Ubuntu packages and PD patches.


1) Plug in the dongle into the Beagleboard. Ubuntu should detect the dongle automatically and supply it with the necessary drivers. Check the status of the dongle with the command lswm. If lswm is not installed, you should run the command sudo apt-get install lswm. Once the package is installed, run the command lswm just to make sure the dongle plugged into the computer.