Wii Camera and Easy PCB Etch How-To
February 21, 2011
Well, I got sick of having a lappy as a middle-man between my wiimote and my robot (via bluetooth). I decided to remove the camera itself and go with on-board i2c instead of sending BT data back and forth. Now, I have seen a lot of great "adapters" to go from the fine pitch of the wiicamera pins to "standard" pin spacing, but I need not only to adapt the pins, but also a good way to mount the device to the pan and tilt mechanism I have on Walter. I decided to etch a PCB for the task using, I think, the easiest PCB etching process around. Period.
(I should add that I also made an IR "shield" from the one normally installed in the front of the wiimote. The little bracket used to hold the "shield" was also made from blank PCB board and was soldered together into the 90 degree angle shown)
(I am sorry about the "stripes" in the video --Fluorescent lights...)
Some photos and the video: