[Update:] Thanks Lidberg for hosting!!
I got this idea after seeing some physics class use the wiimote in some kinda pendulum experiment.
Why not use the wiimote's built in 3-axis accelerometers to measue g-forces, acceleration and even calculate my own 0-60mph times!
So I did. I wrote a script to dump all the g-force readings from the wiimote to a comma separated value file, then did some post processing in MS Excel, and voila, I can see every bump, every curve, my acceleration and braking, and even calculated my current speed using high school physics (v=a*t)
I even convinced my coworker to take me out in his E46 M3 to measure his SMG's performance
I admit, it's not super accurate since the wiimote spits out G readings rounded to two decimal places. It also provides other acceleration readings in finer granularity, but I couldn't figure out what metric it was recording in. I used Gs since I knew it was just the acceleration of gravity (9.8 m/s/s).
Here's a copy of the script that dumps everything out to output.txt
All you need is Glovepie v0.29, a Bluetooth dongle with BlueSoleil, the Human Interface Device drivers, and a standalone wii remote!
All the basic instructions on how to get your wii remote connected to your PC can be found here:
If anybody wants my excel spreadsheet with the formulas and graphs, you can find it here:
//Glovepie v0.29 script
//Writes motion data to file
OutputToFile(RemoveUnits(var.t)+","+Wiimote.gx + ", " + Wiimote.gy + ", " + Wiimote.gz)
debug = var.t+', '+wiimote.gx+', '+wiimote.gy+', '+wiimote.gz
The Wiimote, nice n snug so it doesn't jostle around:
My 2.Slow's 0-60 time. 13.5s baby!!
My friend's E46 M3 SMG's 0-60 time
General Accelerometer readings:
When the blue line dips down, I'm making a left turn.
When it jumps up, I'm making a right turn.
When the Yellow line goes up, I'm accelerating.
when it dips down, I'm braking.
pic of my car for kicks:
Modified by klee at 5:26 PM 7-28-2007
Modified by klee at 4:32 PM 8-3-2007
Modified by klee at 4:33 PM 8-3-2007