Arduino and Wii Nunchuck to control iTunes

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Arduino and Wii Nunchuck to control iTunes
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I found this Arduino project really interesting and educational. They used several different techniques to get everything to work properly. I love the disclaimer of “way too many technologies”. How true! However, it’s not always about the practicality of a project, as much as it’s about the process and documentation.

Here’s my latest project. It involves way too many technologies for the sole purpose of controlling iTunes with Wii Nunchuck. Signal flow is almost uni-directional, so let’s go from step by step from the Nunchuck to iTunes.

More about using an Arduino and Wii Nunchuck to control iTunes

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10 thoughts on “Arduino and Wii Nunchuck to control iTunes

  1. Matthew says:

    You don’t need to cut your nunchuck cord. You can actually just stick some wires into the plug (the same size as in that picture). They fit quite snugly, especially if you bend them over and tape them to the plug.

    1. Marc de Vinck says:

      That’s a great tip, thanks! I’m going to have to try it out.

      1. Phill says:

        You can get breakout boards for the nunchucks, would be pretty handy for stuff like this:

        http://todbot.com/blog/2008/02/18/wiichuck-wii-nunchuck-adapter-available/

  2. Ben says:

    Seems like a LOT of overkill for something that you should have just done through BlueTooth.. in fact, you can use bluetooth and glovepie to control iTunes. Or you can use another program called ‘BlueTunes’. I use BlueTunes and it is GREAT!

    1. Marc de Vinck says:

      Yes it is. But the process is really interesting, and very well documented. I think there is a lot of great discoveries here that the author shared with all of us. Many of these techniques can be applied to “other solutions”. Good stuff!

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