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Using PlayStation3 Controllers with the Raspberry Pi

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If you have ever tried to utilize a PlayStation controller with the Raspberry Pi, you may have found it’s not very simple to do. The Raspberry Pi PlayStation controller guide will walk you through the process of setting up and connecting both PlayStation3 controllers and PlayStation4 controllers.
For PlayStation3 (PS3) controllers,I show you how to install the Six-pair Software and utilize it to set up your PS3 controller so it can connect to whatever Bluetooth device you are using on your Raspberry Pi.

In this PS4 controller tutorial we walk you through the process of pairing it with the Raspberry Pi’s Bluetooth and also offer alternative solutions if your controller doesn’t work with the standard Bluetooth stack. You can also set up Xbox controllers on the Raspberry Pi, as well as several other types of game controllers.

Setting up controllers is the perfect way to have your Pi ready to play some games. You might also be interested in using the controllers in other Raspberry Pi projects that make use of a gamepad.

Connecting ‘Xbox Controllers’ to the Raspberry Pi

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If you have ever tried to use an Xbox controller with the Raspberry Pi, you will find very quickly that they do not work correctly right out of the box. In fact to get them working you will be required to install a special driver.

With the newer Xbox One controllers that feature the Bluetooth functionality, you will also find that they will need extra work on top of the driver installation to get them to run. Namely, they are not properly supported by some of the Bluetooth functionality that is switched on by default.

This guide will show you how to get your Xbox Controllers up and running on the Raspberry Pi, while also walking you through how to get the newer Bluetooth enabled controllers to pair successfully on the Pi.

LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Audio Streamed via Bluetooth Audio

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Whilst displaying my Robots at a major Exhibition, I got to thinking that it would be great to pipe the EV3’s Audio to a Bluetooth Speaker, so my robot can be heard among the noise of a crowd.
Here are my notes so far on getting started with Connecting a LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Brick to a Bluetooth Audio Speaker:

  • Debian jessie is using BlueZ 5 and PluseAudio 5, which are fairly new. There were major breaking changes in these versions, so most stuff you find on the Internet will be for BlueZ 4/PulseAudio 4, so it does not work at all, so watch out.
  • BlueZ 5 dropped support for alsa [1], so the solution for now (until someone updates some bluez-alsa project for BlueZ 5) is to use PulseAudio.
  • PulseAudio 5 only supports the A2DP profile and not HSP/HFP [2] (although it his under development [3]).

Lets Start:

Direct connection of Bluetooth gamepads to the EV3 Brick

BrickHID EV3 - PS3 Controller
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In this project we show that a small C program running on the EV3, brickhid, can handle Bluetooth communications with a PlayStation 3 controller and translate stick positions and button codes into motor commands.

Give the Raspberry Pi B+ SATA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth & More..

Supstronics X300
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I have been patiently waiting the release of the new Raspberry Pi B+ Expansion Board from Suptronics, the X300 for the last couple of months.The X300 is Raspberry Pi B+ Expansion Board that adds WiFi, Bluetooth, RTC, Microphone input, 3.3W Stereo Audio & SPDIF output, IR receiver, SATA and More.



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