May 03 AT 1:22 PM Matt Demers 6 Comments

Wii Controller Demo lets you manipulate your phone via remote

While it might not be review-quality yet, Wii Controller Demo could be a few steps away from letting you control your phone via WiiMote. The application uses bluetooth to connect remotes (and their extensions) to your phone, allowing the app to recognize its inputs. Sadly, it doesn’t do anything more than that, but with time we could see the ability to map buttons to controls, letting those without physical keyboards enjoy a more┬átactile┬ásensation to their Android gaming.

Wii Remotes have already been able to connect to computers via Bluetooth; the functionality is built right in. However, it’s nice to see someone taking it a step further and offering a solution to those who want to be able to game better, but don’t want to buy extra peripherals such as the Game Gripper. Interested Wii owners can download Wii Controller Demo from the QR code at the right. You can be sure if the functionality expands we’ll be reporting it.

Source: Engadget

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  • http://Website Chris

    Does this only work for newer versions of Android? I have a Magic w/1.6 installed, and I can’t find the app even if I scan the QR code …

    • Matt Demers

      The site didn’t say anything about restrictions, but I’m guessing that if you can’t find it via Market or QR, your phone can’t support it.

  • http://Website John Perkins

    I would love to see someone do this with the PS3 controller. TV out on my Droid Incredible playing some SNESoid with the PS3 controller would be pretty sweet.

  • eXtorian

    Works great here (UK G1 Android 1.6). This would be ace if it could control Google Earth on phones with HDMI out.

  • http://Website Matt

    I just don’t see the purpose of this right now. HDMI out on the Incredible maybe. But as of right now? I own the Droid and see exactly 0 use for this on my phone. I MIGHT be able to see a regular controller (MS/Sony) because you don’t get analog input on your phone. But the tilt sensitivity makes no sense since most smartphones already have that for landscape vs portrait capabilities.

    I used this tech on my PC in the past, but I don’t see it being practical at all for my phone, until outputting to a TV (or projecting) becomes more common. To those of you who have that capability: enjoy!

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