Where to buy (the updated hardware list)

Hi, many asked for the list of the components I mentioned in the video. I did make a post (check out the original hardware list). However, it recently dawned on me that there is actually a new way of doing this! A much easier way!

OK. So, now I offer two hardware lists if you wish to carry out this project:

The lazy guy’s list

  • A wireless Wii sensor bar (~$16) – Yes, a year after I created this site. You can now actually buy the wireless sensor bar on Amazon. It’s about $16, so this will bring the total cost above my original estimate of $50, but hey, not that much! Check out the amazon store list above.
  • A Wii-mote (~$35 on amazon) -  the wii-mote is plentiful in a local store near you (e.g. BestBuy, Walmart, Target, ToyRus etc..). Or if you wish to buy online, that’s fine too. Check out the amazon store list above.
  • A usb bluetooth dongle (optional $3~$17) – this allows the PC communicate with the wiimote. If you have a laptop, your laptop may already have built-in bluetooth capability, in that case, you will not need this.
  • A Wii nun-chuck (optional, $19) – you will need this if you intend to play games that uses the extra input. Since currently, most wii games do not require a nun-chuck, I anticipate there will also be a lot of games that do not need this and therefore not including the nun-chuck as a must into the list.

The “I want to learn something about electronics” list

  • A Wii-mote (~$35 on amazon) – although the Wii console is scarce, the wii-mote seems to be plentiful in a local store near you (e.g. BestBuy, Walmart, Target, ToyRus etc..) or you can also buy online (check out the amazon store above)
  • A usb bluetooth dongle (optional $3~$17) – this allows the PC communicate with the wiimote. If you have a laptop, your laptop may already have built-in bluetooth capability, in that case, you will not need this. Check out the amazon store above.
  • >=2 IR-LED ($4) – for building your own sensor bar. You can buy these in your local RadioShack. If you buy them $3 for 20, click here).
  • A Wii nun-chuck (optional, $19) – you will need this if you intend to play games that uses the extra input. Since currently, most wii games do not require a nun-chuck, I anticipate there will also be a lot of games that do not need this and therefore not including the nun-chuck as a must into the list.
  • Bread-board (~$9, optional). You will need this if you cannot find any soldering equipment in your school to put your electric circuit together. The cheaper alternative is to use electric tape to stick the components together, but that would be very sturdy. :)
  • Misc: some batteries, some wires, soldering equipment, some extra IR-LEDs if you intend to develop more advanced-applications. I also assume you already own a PC or a laptop

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12 Responses to “Where to buy (the updated hardware list)”

  1. Andrew Bright Says:

    Why do you need the sensor bar and how would one mod a premade one to work?

  2. admin Says:

    Thanks for the question. The sensor bar allows you to fully take advantage of the wii-mote’s capability and play games that has a point and click interface using the wii mote.
    Regardless whether you build one like what I showed in the tutorial video or buy one from online, there’s pretty much nothing else to do on the sensor bar side—you just turn it on and place it in front of your laptop or pc monitor. The rest involves hooking up the wii-mote to your laptop/PC which I show in the video.

  3. James Says:

    So will this play any wii game or only the ones you make?

  4. Admin Says:

    Of course not. Check out my latest posts.
    http://www.buildwii.com/archives/category/games

  5. Andrew Bright Says:

    I bought a wiimote and I am able to connect to the computer, but only some buttons work using GlovePIE. What could be my problem?

  6. Kenny Says:

    Hi there i have brought the wiimote and the bluetooth dongle i have connected it and it seems to work fine, But… I have one problem when i have connected it im not sure if it works fully so i downloaded a wii drum kit from a site and seems to work really good. Is there anyway i can get full Wii games on my PC to make sure that it fully works with a game!

    I hope to hear from you soon!

    Thanks! : )

  7. admin Says:

    Kenny. Unfortunately, as I mentioned on the front page, you cannot actually play actual Wii games. The purpose of the project to inspire more people to make Wii-mote enabled games that people with people can play them for free. For games that you can play not. Check out:
    http://www.buildwii.com/archives/category/games

    Andrew, my guess it’s a configuration issue.

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  9. Anonymous Says:

    Do the wiimotes ever run out of energy, if so how do i recharge it?

  10. admin Says:

    Just swap in a new pair of batteries when it runs out.

    Or

    you can buy a charging station, on amazon it’s $28, just follow the link:

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001H4PKB2?ie=UTF8&tag=amazoncom040-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B001H4PKB2

  11. David Says:

    im a lazy guy and i wana buy thad sensor bar but do it has a usb conector or a thad wii conector thing

  12. admin Says:

    The sensor bar on amazon is battery operated, it does not need to be connected to anything.

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