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Controlling Blender with a Wiimote


An interesting project by Micah Denn.

Micah writes:

Modeling in blender using a Wiimote has a surprisingly natural workflow.

Its Linux Mint12 using Gnome 3, I'm using libwiimote library's and a Bluetooth dongle to communicate with the wiimote.

There's a lot of tutorials but this is one of the best:

I also edited /etc/cwiid/wminput/buttons so that I could use the down button on the wiimote as the mouse middle click.

What do you think? Would this make it easier to work with Blender, or is it a sure-fire way to get RSI in your arm?

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Bart Veldhuizen

I have a LONG history with Blender – I wrote some of the earliest Blender tutorials, worked for Not a Number and helped run the crowdfunding campaign that open sourced Blender (the first one on the internet!). I founded BlenderNation in 2006 and have been editing it every single day since then ;-)


  1. Kriss Berzkalns on

    I can only see it useful for controlling some awesome BGE games, cant really imagine that I would be modeling with a wiimote.. Though I could try it out, since I have wiimote, unfortunately I have no bluetooth dongle ;(

  2. Riccardo Gagliarducci on

    I would like to know if there is full control of the 3rd axis:
    moving toward and backward screen really allow to have a 3d control in space.

  3. Talking about motion sensing... is there any news about the Leap Motion sensor?

    Makes you feel more like Minority Report and less like Harry Potter :)

    • The thing I find funny about Leap

      Who is LEAP? How did you get started?
      The original inspiration behind Leap came from our frustration with 3D modeling— something that took 10 seconds in real life would take 30 minutes with a computer. Molding virtual clay with a computer should be as easy as molding clay in the real world. The mouse and keyboard were simply getting in the way.
      I hope they were speaking about Blender not because of the frustration but because that would mean Leap is already linked to Blender. :) (I have 70$ to spare)

  4. Is this taking the 3D position and rotation of the wii-mote? Or just using it as a mouse - a single point in 2D?

  5. Christos Georgakas on

    why ? really why ? I was hoping from someone to put an android version of blender (well since android is linux underneath) for use in my tablet but wii mote? i guess if i can be done why not.

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