Have you ever been in a situation where you needed to get up to go do something, but didn’t want to leave a game for fear your system would go to sleep while you were away and you couldn’t use a software hack to nudge the system? Maker Todd Harrison had a similar issue and decided to build a device that closes a circuit every 25 seconds inside a Wiimote shaped candy tin.
It’s just a simple timing circuit made of discreet elements that engages a reed relay ever 25 sec. This relay in turn closes a circuit in my keyboard for the left arrow key. Being this external circuit is self powered I can simply turn it on when I want a game or application to think I’m at my computer when I’m not. I know there are software hacks that can do this and I did try a lot of them but this particular on line game I play had a way to block such software hacks. I had to go old school, which is not hard for an old guy, and do it with hardware.
14 thoughts on “Wii Wand of Power watchdog circuit”
Sounds like someone is AFKing in Alterac Valley
I came here from my RSS Reader to say exactly the same thing! I wonder if he’s that 80 Paladin in quest greens doing turns at Frostwolf…
Cool, but not needed; just create a script with AutoHotkey that moves your mouse back and forth or does a key press. As far as I know there is no game that prevents that from being used.
I did try that but the game I play blocks every software tool I tried.
So what’s worse, a piece of human garbage who goes afk in a pvp game and spoils it for 39 other people or blizzard who makes a game that rewards time played more than anything else?
you can also jam a penny in to a key to keep it pressed down.
The penny trick only works for 20 seconds for the game I play. Then the game sees this activity and logs you out anyway.
And the game I play is not WOW or any other game where being on line gives you any advantage. It’s just annoying to reconnect to my game and get back to where I was just for being inactive for a minute.
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