wii remote sleep timer? and bluetooth signal delay?

    Aug 16 2007 | 8:40 pm
    does anyone know after how long the wii remote autodisconnects?(or after how long aka.wiiremote disconnects)
    i know that if i have it open and running, that after a while its no longer fuctional, im guessing its the wii remotes 'auto off' type thing
    and is there anyway to disable/circumvent this?(sending data to the wii remote from max?)
    id like incorporate the wii remote/nunchuck as a wireless controller for some patches, but if its gonna turn off if im not constantly doing something with it, it wont be useful (if the wiimote/nunchuck are stationary on a table, or gutted and used as button controllers)
    also, is there a standard delay for something trasmiting via bluetooth?
    ie., if i turn a gutted nunchuck into an elaborage 'foot controller', for wireless controll(through teh wiimote), what would the difference be to a similar wired setup(a gutted numeric pad, as a usb footcontroller)

    • Oct 22 2007 | 11:33 am
      Hi, all (this is my first post)!
      I'm also interested in the disconnection problems metoined here. I use the aka.wiiremote object in an installation and it turned out that wii remotes simply disconnect by chance. Initially I wanted to use two in the same max patch to let the users draw paintings on a projection wall. In the beginning it worked but it seems that Bluetooth traffic (maybe WLAN too) does somehow interfere with the Wii Remote signals and after a while the thing disconnects. Now I use one remote and that seems to works way better (less traffic?).
      I bought a Nintendo Wii because I wanted to see how the whole thing works as desgined. When Wii Remotes disconnect they gonna be reconnected when an button on the remote is pressed (The leds start to blink again and the Wii Console somehow reconnects). If this feature would be implemented in the aka.wiiremote, everything would be superperfect.
      So my findings after real deep testing were:
      - Wii Remotes do not have a timer to auto-disconnect. When everything goes, they are connected for days without any reconnect.
      - When multiple remotes are connected, the connection is mor unstable then with only one
      - On my MacBook Pro (latest) it works better than on an MiniMac (Intel) with a thir-party bluetooth adapter - maybe a hardware issue
      Are there any similar experiences?
      Best Roni
    • Nov 16 2009 | 12:18 am
      Hi I bought 2 different brands of wireless nunchucks and have not had any success. They both disconnect, are difficult and time consuming to connect in the first place, the orientation does not work, and neither do the buttons. The stick position is wrong for one of them, and the acceleration is not consistent. Cheers, Lissy
      PS: Im running OSX 10.5.8 on a 2.4GHz MBP with 4GB RAM
    • Nov 16 2009 | 3:56 am
      For what it's worth, I recently had a performance where I set everything up before the opening band came on. I only use one Wiimote, but everything stayed connected for two hours and was working fine when I played. It is a serious pain in the ass to get it connected in the first place, though.
    • Nov 16 2009 | 4:19 am
      Did you use a wireless nunchuck??
      I am able to keep the wii remotes connected the whole time, but any wireless nunchucks have not worked for me.
    • Nov 16 2009 | 4:38 am
      No, the nunchuck connect to the Wiimote.