Wii remote support in a Windows Phone 7 app?

First off, this isn't some "official Microsoft support thing", so don't even go there. 

But evidently one of the developers (Nick Randolph) presenting at ReMix Australia (opens in new tab) used a Nintendo Wii remote in some fashion with the Windows Phone 7 emulator.

The Wii remote uses Bluetooth to connect to devices and it's been shown to be very hackable, running on everything from a PC to the new iPad. So any trickery to get it to work on WP7 is easily in the realm of plausibility.

What is exactly being used for? We have no idea. Could be just for simulation, could be something more interesting.  Either way, sounds like these developers are liking what they see. I mean, just look at how shocked Stan is in that second Tweet.

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been here covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics and ran the projectors at movie theaters, which has done absolutely nothing for his career.

  • Um, isn't it obvious by James' tweet that it was used for simulating the accelerometer, in the WP7 emulator?
  • but I'm more curious about the context, is that all the app was or was the Wii thing just something used in addition to the application demonstrated. Details, they matter.
  • If that's what I think it is then the way that is working is there's an application running on the PC that is taking care of the bluetooth communication with the Wiimote and is making it available over and HTTP web service. As things stand right now the only way for a Windows Phone 7 application to reach out to the outside world is over HTTP. So within his application he has a piece of code that can be used to either request the accelerometer data from the phone's accelerometer. If the code were run on a real device it would read the real accelerometer. In absence of an accelerometer it will make a web service call. It's a nice solution, though there is a bit of latency associated with it.
  • I think Dolphin works fine with it too. There are few more softwares that can replace GlovePIE on Windows. The Windows Sensor and Location platform, which is new for Windows 7, enables your computer and applications to adapt to their current environment. This is absolutely awesome! Great way to combine an existing library with WP7 to solve an immediate need.