Sebastian and Gabriel at Cornell University took on a project to build a Wii-like motion controller for their microcontroller class, rekindling the spirit of Nintendo’s innovative Wii console. The duo employed a pair of Raspberry Pi Pico microcontrollers, establishing communication through HC-05 Bluetooth modules. One Pico functions as a Wiimote-style controller, while the other manages a basic game and projects it onto a screen via VGA output.
The motion-sensing capability of the controller is achieved with the integration of an MPU6050 inertial measurement unit, equipped with both gyroscopes and accelerometers across all three axes. To showcase the hardware’s capabilities, Sebastian and Gabriel played a simple Tic-Tac-Toe game using the controller as a pointer. While the project may not revolutionize the gaming industry, the detailed project page offers valuable insights into the implementation of various components for those interested in creating their own motion gaming controller. Wanting to build you own Nostalgic projects but in need of some sensors, check out the Raspberry pi Sense HAT V2.