Friday, April 24, 2009

Connecting Wii Balance Board to PC

.Ok. It's been a long time since I've had the chance to blog. I have been playing around with the Nintendo Wii, and I am extremely excited about all the possibilities this little device opens up. Today I just got my balance board hooked up to my pc. I am going to investigate what kinds of interactions and cool applications I can come up with. I just thought I would take a second to jot down the little problem I had connecting to it in case anyone else is having similar issues.


To connect the balance board I pressed the sync button found by the batteries. While pressing that button, I went to my control panel->Bluetooth Devices and clicked on the Add button.


check the checkbox on the wizard and click next. Then I saw a list of all the available devices. I clicked on the balance board "RVL-WBC-01". From there I clicked next and selected not to use a passkey. After that the device showed up on my list of devices, but it did not say it was connected. I searched for a while trying to figure out what was going on. Finally, I decided to select the board from the device list and click on properties. This showed a list of services available for the device. I selected the 'Drivers for keyboard, mice, etc(HID)' checkbox, clicked the Apply button and I was good to go. The balance board was connected and ready to use.

I hope this helps you out if you are running into the same issues I was.


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  3. So once you connect the balance board to your PC do you have to have any software to make it work?

    1. Yes. There are a few libraries out there you can use to write code to interact with the balance board.