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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 Wiimote Controllers to the Raspberry Pi

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In this Raspberry Pi Wiimote controllers guide, we will walk you through the process of setting up a Wiimote on your Raspberry Pi and show you how to setup both cwiid and wminput.
Utilizing Wiimote controllers on the Raspberry Pi can be painful to deal with due to its handling of the Bluetooth stack. While they run over standard Bluetooth, their actual functionality is not picked up as a conventional joystick device like Xbox controllers and PlayStation controllers.

Instead to support the full functionality of Wiimote controllers in a way that most applications can support we must utilize two pieces of software.

These being cwiid and wminput. One acts as a library that interprets the Wiimotes actions into joystick actions, the other being somewhat of a driver that creates an input device that applications can utilize easily.

RGB LED Strip Controller for LEGO Mindstorms EV3 or NXT

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Some may have seen my article, “Using WS2812B Addressable RGB LED Strips with Arduinos“, back in September? As can be seen in that article, controlling Addressable LEDs is pretty straight forward with a basic knowledge of the I2C protocol. I had planned to cobble together interface to allow RGB LED Strip to be Controller by either a LEGO Mindstorms NXT or EV3 Brick, but my teaching commitments and over projects seemed to have forced the idea onto the back-burner. Thanks to Mindsensor, I have no need to warm up the soldering for the idea as they have come up with a ready assembled interface.

Using a PS2 Dualshock Controller with Raspberry Pi

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I have spent the weekend experimenting with my Raspberry Pi’s. One challenge I set myself was to get a Sony PS2 Dualshock Controller working with Raspberry Pi. The main reason for this, was to allow me to control a BrickPi Robot without using a Mindsensors PS2 Controller Adapter connected to the Brick Pi. This leaves access to the maximum number of four NXT Sensor Ports on the BrickPi Board.

Mindsensors GlideWheel-M PF Motor Controller

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I have received a pair of Mindsensors’ GlideWheel-Ms, [powerfunction] Motor Controllers to Beta-Test. The GlideWheel-M is a motor controller for [powerfunction] (PF) Motors that allows you to connect [powerfunction] Motors to NXT Motor Ports. Using the built in encoder, the GlideWheel-M, allows rotational control of [powerfunction] Motors.

Lego NXT 240V A.C. Appliance Controller

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This Lego Mindstorms NXT Appliance Controller allows you to turn on-and-off your Household mains powered equipment such as lights, radios, heaters, etc. All via your Robot. Using this Controller in conjunction with a Lego Temperature Sensor you can control your aquarium, and even as a incubator control to hatch out bird eggs.
This project needs a lot of care during construction due to the Voltages involved.

120-240V A.C. KILLS!

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