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Building a custom Sensor Bar

Discussion in 'Nintendo Wii Chat' started by ABC, Dec 1, 2006.

  1. ABC

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    Ok, almost all of us now know that the Sensor Bar included with the Wii is simply a bar that emits an IR signal from two positions... and as some of us experienced, it isn't that great. So, I have decided to build my own from the ground up with 3 sensors with a range of 100 feet and an upgraded power-supply. Here are the parts:

    2 or 3 IR transmitters with a MUCH better range than the stock Nintendo one.

    A powersuply for them... I am hoping I can solder up a 9V battery pack enclosure to make it wireless.

    I am currently working on finding the best quality parts then my next step of "pre-production" will begin where I decide on how to go about my little project.
     
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    and then.. and then MASS PRODUCE!
     
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    Haha, I might make a few more if it works better than the regular... which it most definitely will, for whoever wants them.
     
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    you definately gotta add some pictures when you get a chance!
     
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    You can use lit candles for the same effect, but I'm not sure how long the signal goes
     
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    :lol: You can only do that in the dark... I am talking about a super Sensor Bar with a 100 foot range. Perfect for people with projectors, big rooms, or people who just want better accuracy.
     
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    that way... I wont have to ever get out of my bed... how convienent
     
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    You play with the lights on!? Anyway.. sounds like a good idea.. I bet it'd be neat playing from another room.. You think Nintendo will make a stronger Sensor Bar further down the road?
     
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    Ok bitches! I found the parts... Total: $13.82. I am getting the parts and putting it together. COMPLETELY WIRELESS.
     
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    pics pics pics, comon' hook it up lets see it!
     
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    Well, someone beat me to it, so here it is: [MEDIA]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ryy7oPMZ2gU[/MEDIA]

    Except I might be making mine wired with extra IR sensors for longer range... I still haven't decided how I will go about my project but it might be similar to his or completely different.
     
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    If it works well with the products you are going to use could you post a list of the products :D ...so i can make my own as well.
     
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    Will do man. I think I will tackle this project next weekend. I will keep everyone updated.
     
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    just use 2 tv remotes!
     
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    Candles work in the daytime, I have done extensive tests. xD (I was curious!)

    I think I'm going to make my own sensor bar, as well. It might not look as sharp as the Nintendo one, but it will turn out pretty good. I don't exactly need the distance, I just want to see if it helps at all with Red Steel. (I dought it's the sensor bar's fault for Red Steel's mishappenings, but might as well try.)
     
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    Miragepie Mean, green and unseen...

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    Hey ABC, how long do you think the sensors will last before the battery runs out?

    Of course, depends on the battery as well...
     
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    I NEED the distance, playing on a projector is hard enough.
     
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    me too
     
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    My roomates brother made me one that is pretty well put together. He also found out that is you take a lense filter thingy out of a webcam, it becomes an infrared sensor camera.
     
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    It depends on the battery casing you use and the resistor you use in the signal flow chain. I am thinking of going with a 47 Ohm resistor with a 2 AAA battery enclosure. It pumping alittle more power than the video I posted so the batteries will drain quicker, but it should give you more strength as more power is getting to the Infrared LED.

    So here's how it's going to look:

    I am going to use a smaller resistor (47 ohms)
    6 High-Output LEDS (3 on each of the 2 battery enclosures)
    2 AAA Battery Enclosures (Holds 2 batteries each)
    2 On-Off Switches
    A solder gun and some times out of my busy ass life

    Should be done by next monday.
     

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