My New Sensor Bar

Well, I recently posted about the Wiimote I bought to start doing some research on 3D visualization stuff. It was working pretty good with my drivers and the C++ API (I'm using wiiusecpp API based on the wiiuse driver) for everything from rumble mode to 3D angle rotations yet I still needed a way to locate the Wiimote in 3D space and the 3D angle information based on Euler Angles was missing the Yaw angle which cannot be calculated unless the Wiimote knows it's location in the 3D space. The problem was that I needed something like Wii's sensor bar and I (fortunately) don't have a Wii. So I was pretty decided to build my own sensor bar (that's a very stupid task once you understand what the Wii sensor bar is all about) but I was having trouble finding two things: the infrared LEDs needed and a USB power supply cable that would not cook my USB  ports so that I could connect my sensor-bar-wannabe directly to my computer.

But yesterday I was walking back home when I glanced inside a store and saw something that could be helpful for my research, so I went inside and saw this wireless sensor bar from dreamGEAR that defenitelly suited my needs and I bought it right away. And it works as expected, so now I have my yaw angle and some information from the IR sensor that I defenitely don't understand yet :) but I'm still investigating. The only two things I don't like about it are that it's battery powered (but my Wiimote is battery powered too so they make a really goood power-inneficient duo for my research) and the stand is not quite stable: it won't adhere to plastic sufraces and even on metal ones where it does adhere, it will eventually fall. Yet for the time it takes to do testings, I don't need it to adhere forever to the top of my PC case... and I surely don't want my case to have a strange Pixar-like robot on top of it :)

Wireless Sensor Bar from dreamGEAR

Wireless Sensor Bar from dreamGEAR