June 11, 2012

Using Arduino, Android and NES Controllers for any Bluetooth game

 Using original video game consoles such as the Nintendo Entertainment System can still be fun, however it is a lot easier and faster to use emulations on various forms of hardware. But the desire to use the original controllers with the emulation hardware introduces a problem - how to interface the controllers? And not damage them in the process? Worry no more- Dustin Evans has solved this problem using Arduino, Android, Bluetooth and some other circuitry. He explains and then demonstrates how this was accomplished in the following video:

The genius of his solution was using a dead console to act as an interface between the original controllers and the Bluetooth-enabled Arduino. When looking to build such a project, you could do well with one of our Arduino-compatible boards such as the Freetronics Eleven - which includes space for prototyping circuits right on the board:

Kudos to Dustin for his project. You can download the code and information here

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