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The controllers of the nintendo gaming console [http://www.wii.com Wii] are called WiiMote.
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This article describes how to install and configure a software to use the nintendo Wii remote to control MythTV.
This article describes how to install and configure a software to use a WiiMote to control MythTV.
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'''As of 12/29/2006 buttons are working, pointing/shaking is not!'''
 
'''As of 12/29/2006 buttons are working, pointing/shaking is not!'''
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* Install linux bluetooth support [http://www.bluez.org/ BlueZ]
 
* Install linux bluetooth support [http://www.bluez.org/ BlueZ]
 
* Install Python, Python-XLib and [http://org.csail.mit.edu/pybluez/ PyBlueZ]
 
* Install Python, Python-XLib and [http://org.csail.mit.edu/pybluez/ PyBlueZ]
* Hint for Ubuntu-Users: Type
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* Hint for Ubuntu-Users
 
   # apt-get install bluez-utils python-xlib python-bluez
 
   # apt-get install bluez-utils python-xlib python-bluez
  
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       hci0    01:23:45:67:89:AB
 
       hci0    01:23:45:67:89:AB
  
* Next scan for bluetooth devices. To activate the discover mode of the WiiMote, press buttons ''1'' and ''2'' simultaneously, then enter the following command which should give you a list of all bluetooth devices in range.
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* Next scan for bluetooth devices. To activate the discover mode of the Wii remote, press buttons ''1'' and ''2'' simultaneously, then enter the following command which should give you a list of all bluetooth devices in range.
 
   # hcitool scan
 
   # hcitool scan
 
   Scanning ...
 
   Scanning ...
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The WiiMote is named (as you can see) ''Nintendo RVL-CNT-01''.
 
The WiiMote is named (as you can see) ''Nintendo RVL-CNT-01''.
  
==Install WiiMote Software==
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==Install linux driver for Wii remote==
Now install the [http://www.forthewiin.org/ WiiMote software] by downloading and unpacking the newest package from [http://www.forthewiin.org/ this site], or use the subversion repository to get the bleeding edge version.
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Now install the [http://www.forthewiin.org/ Wii remote driver] by downloading and unpacking the newest package from [http://www.forthewiin.org/ this site], or use the subversion repository to get the bleeding edge version.
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The following chapters assume you installed the driver in ''~mythtv/wmd''
  
Edit the configuration file ''wmd/Config.py''
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Edit the configuration file ''~mythtv/wmd/wmd/Config.py''
Find ''MY_WIIMOTE_ADDR'' and set the address of your WiiMote which you got from the previous scan.
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Find ''MY_WIIMOTE_ADDR'' and set the address of your Wii remote which you got from the previous scan.
 
   'MY_WIIMOTE_ADDR': "99:88:77:66:55:44",
 
   'MY_WIIMOTE_ADDR': "99:88:77:66:55:44",
 
Find ''commandMap'' and configure the buttons to suite your needs<br>
 
Find ''commandMap'' and configure the buttons to suite your needs<br>
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</pre>
 
</pre>
  
To test the WiiMote software run ''WMD.py''. Press button ''1'' and ''2'' on your WiiMote and wait for the software to connect.
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To test the driver run ''~mythtv/wmd/WMD.py''. Press button ''1'' and ''2'' on your remote and wait for the driver to connect.
 
<pre>
 
<pre>
# ./WMD.py
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# ~mythtv/wmd/WMD.py
 
Registering key KEY_ENTER for button A with code 1c
 
Registering key KEY_ENTER for button A with code 1c
 
Registering key KEY_ESC for button B with code 1
 
Registering key KEY_ESC for button B with code 1
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</pre>
 
</pre>
  
Now press any buttons on your WiiMote and you should see the corresponding events
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Now press any buttons on your remote and you should see the corresponding events
 
<pre>
 
<pre>
 
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==Preparing for MythTV use==
 
==Preparing for MythTV use==
To use the WiiMote for mythtv we just need to start the main python script ''WMD.py''.
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To use the Wii remote in mythtv we just need to start the main python script ''~mythtv/wmd/WMD.py''.
Create a file ''/usr/local/bin/mythtv_wiimote.sh'' with the following content
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Create a file ''~mythtv/wmd/mythtv_wiimote.sh'' with the following content
 
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<pre>
 
#!/bin/sh
 
#!/bin/sh
 
while [ 1 ]; do
 
while [ 1 ]; do
   $HOME/wmd-trunk/WMD.py ;
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   $HOME/wmd/WMD.py ;
 
   sleep 5
 
   sleep 5
 
done
 
done
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# Using the wiimote to control mythtv
 
# Using the wiimote to control mythtv
/usr/local/bin/mythtv_wiimote.sh &
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$HOME/wmd/mythtv_wiimote.sh &
  
 
xset -dpms s off
 
xset -dpms s off
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</pre>
 
</pre>
  
To use your WiiMote just press button ''1'' and ''2'' and it should connect to your mythtv box.
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To use use your remote just press button ''1'' and ''2'' and it should connect to your mythtv box.
  
 
[[Category:HOWTO]]
 
[[Category:HOWTO]]

Revision as of 23:28, 29 December 2006

ATTENTION: This article is a work in progress and not completed.


This article describes how to install and configure a software to use the nintendo Wii remote to control MythTV.

As of 12/29/2006 buttons are working, pointing/shaking is not!


Preparation

  • Connect a linux supported bluetooth adapter (e.g. D-Link DBT-120)
  • Install linux bluetooth support BlueZ
  • Install Python, Python-XLib and PyBlueZ
  • Hint for Ubuntu-Users
 # apt-get install bluez-utils python-xlib python-bluez

Check for working bluetooth installation

  • First check, if the bluetooth adapter is installed correctly. Entering the following command should give you a list of all adapters.
 # hcitool dev
 Devices:
     hci0    01:23:45:67:89:AB
  • Next scan for bluetooth devices. To activate the discover mode of the Wii remote, press buttons 1 and 2 simultaneously, then enter the following command which should give you a list of all bluetooth devices in range.
 # hcitool scan
 Scanning ...
         99:88:77:66:55:44       Nintendo RVL-CNT-01

The WiiMote is named (as you can see) Nintendo RVL-CNT-01.

Install linux driver for Wii remote

Now install the Wii remote driver by downloading and unpacking the newest package from this site, or use the subversion repository to get the bleeding edge version. The following chapters assume you installed the driver in ~mythtv/wmd

Edit the configuration file ~mythtv/wmd/wmd/Config.py Find MY_WIIMOTE_ADDR and set the address of your Wii remote which you got from the previous scan.

 'MY_WIIMOTE_ADDR': "99:88:77:66:55:44",

Find commandMap and configure the buttons to suite your needs

'commandMap': {
  'A': ['key', 'KEY_ENTER' ],
  'B': ['key', 'KEY_ESC' ],
  'H': ['quit', 1],                 # Home key: quits WMD
  '+': ['key', 'KEY_TAB' ],
  '-': ['key', [ 'KEY_LEFTSHIFT', 'KEY_TAB' ] ],
  '1': ['key', 'KEY_M' ],
  '2': ['key', 'KEY_I' ],
  'U': ['key', 'KEY_UP' ],
  'D': ['key', 'KEY_DOWN' ],
  'L': ['key', 'KEY_LEFT' ],
  'R': ['key', 'KEY_RIGHT' ]
},

To test the driver run ~mythtv/wmd/WMD.py. Press button 1 and 2 on your remote and wait for the driver to connect.

# ~mythtv/wmd/WMD.py
Registering key KEY_ENTER for button A with code 1c
Registering key KEY_ESC for button B with code 1
Registering key KEY_DOWN for button D with code 6c
Registering key KEY_TAB for button + with code f
Registering key ['KEY_LEFTSHIFT', 'KEY_TAB'] for button - with code 2a
Registering key ['KEY_LEFTSHIFT', 'KEY_TAB'] for button - with code f
Registering key KEY_LEFT for button L with code 69
Registering key KEY_M for button 1 with code 32
Registering key KEY_I for button 2 with code 17
Registering key KEY_UP for button U with code 67
Registering key KEY_RIGHT for button R with code 6a
[[1074025828, 3], [1074025831, 0], [1074025831, 1], [1074025828, 2], [1074025830, 0], [1074025830, 1], [1074025828, 1], [1074025828, 0], [1074025829, 28], [1074025829, 1], [1074025829, 108], [1074025829, 15], [1074025829, 42], [1074025829, 15], [1074025829, 105], [1074025829, 50], [1074025829, 23], [1074025829, 103], [1074025829, 106]]
Could not import pygame. Set DISABLE_PYGAME=1
CONNECTING
Looking for Wiimote services at address 99:88:77:66:55:44
Victory! We have found that Wiimote!
We are now connected to Wiimote at address 99:88:77:66:55:44
CONNECTED
Event type WM_CLOCK_BEAT is being ignored
[112, 0, 22, 126, 124, 129, 28, 151, 150, 154, 18, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0]

Now press any buttons on your remote and you should see the corresponding events

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CONNECTED
Event type WM_CLOCK_BEAT is being ignored
[112, 0, 22, 126, 124, 129, 28, 151, 150, 154, 18, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0]
Send Key DOWN: 50
Buttons down: ['1']
mSend Key UP: 50
Buttons up: ['1']
Send Key DOWN: 23
Buttons down: ['2']
iSend Key UP: 23
Buttons up: ['2']
Send Key DOWN: 15
Buttons down: ['+']
        Send Key UP: 15
Buttons up: ['+']

If you see an error message complaining about a missing uinput-device you have to load the uinput kernel module first.

 # modprobe uinput

Preparing for MythTV use

To use the Wii remote in mythtv we just need to start the main python script ~mythtv/wmd/WMD.py. Create a file ~mythtv/wmd/mythtv_wiimote.sh with the following content

#!/bin/sh
while [ 1 ]; do
  $HOME/wmd/WMD.py ;
  sleep 5
done

and add it to your X startup file ~/.xinitrc

# Using the wiimote to control mythtv
$HOME/wmd/mythtv_wiimote.sh &

xset -dpms s off
xsetroot -solid black
xsetroot -bg black
xsetroot -cursor $HOME/etc/X11_EmptyCursor $HOME/etc/X11_EmptyCursor
/usr/bin/evilwm &
mythwelcome

To use use your remote just press button 1 and 2 and it should connect to your mythtv box.