Introduction: Wii Kart of Awesomeness - Instructable

Wii Kart
Wii Kart is a wireless controlled go-kart with an off-the-shelf Wii Remote serving as the controller. Two 250 Watt DC motors provide a top speed of 15 mph.  The Wiii Kart was built in a residential garage using common hobbyist tools and resources. This website will provide all the information for any hobbyist to build their own Wii Remote controlled go-kart. Feel free to contact us for any questions or suggested improvements.

Build It
Kris, the Jester and I would be really psyched if we saw other people building Wii Remote controlled vehicles.  All three of us are big fans of the DIY community, this is our first attempt at contributing.

I’m trying to talk Jess into building a custom PCB with an arduino and two H-bridge controllers integrated.  That way it’ll be real easy for anyone to just plug in a couple motors, mount an actuator and throw it on a chassis.

Software
The final code we used for the Wiii-Kart can be downloaded at www.aidanscollegefund.com.  This code is very specific to the Kart dimensions and components we used.  Someday we’ll add more comments within the code so that you’ll know which values to tweak for different components.

Acknowledgments:
A huge shout-out goes to the following people. Kris, Jester and I would not have been able to build this without their work/success.

Oleg (USB Host Shield and Code)
Richard Ibbotson (Wiimote Bluetooth Code)
Tomoyuki Tanaka (WiiRemote Bluetooth Library)

-Corey

Comments

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DeveshV (author)2015-07-12

Hello

cfleis1,

Actually I wish and would love to make this as my Engineering Project but the Website which you provided

www.aidanscollegefund.com seems to be dead now I cant find any thing on this , could you just send me the details and the steps of this project would be really helpful and kind of you its my dream project .

Thank You

Devesh Vyas

vyasdevesh4@gmail.com

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GibbonsRock (author)2014-11-04

Ha! Nice job, but hokey smokes- double check your batteries before you race!!!!

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Bennettccohen (author)2014-09-25

hey corey is there a way you could post the part list and instructions on the whole process? i want to build one just like this!!!!!

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Carlos Russo (author)2014-08-21

Great! Awesome!!!
How many Amps is the speed controller for this kind of motors? I have one of them (razor 300 motor) and I've already burned four speed controllers :(

Great instructable, congratulations!

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lithiumion (author)2014-06-02

I cannot download the code! Could you please upload it somewhere else?

Cheers

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Username-already-in-use (author)2013-12-10

How do you connect the Bluetooth to the cart? I want to do this for a school STEM class.

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hackmattr (author)2013-05-22

Very Cool.... I'd make it go faster. =D

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KGuy (author)2012-10-27

GREAT idea. Gotta try it sometime!

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pradeepkt (author)2012-10-25

Its agreat project. will you please provide the dimensional drawing of the mechanical frame work with the bill of quantitiesIsPVie.

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stickmakerman (author)2012-08-20

If I had the time and materials for this then I would totally make this, imagine driving to school with this and people watching being like "wtf?!"

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jockkitto16 (author)2012-04-25

that is seriously cool, could it be modded to use an xbox 360 wireless controller instead?

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i plus one this ! that would be cool !

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ikendall (author)jockkitto162012-06-02

im guessing it could, you would have to look through the code and make a bunch of changes though! really theres only one way to find out!

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xcalibur324 (author)2012-06-03

i just thought....what if some kid across the street was playing his wii and took controll ;)

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ikendall (author)2012-06-02

Hi I really want to build this project I just need the dimensions for the metal frame pieces (each piece). I looked on you site but there was no mention of them. Also the full code link is broken and doesn't redirect to he code it just re loads the current page. If you could tell me where the code and the dimensions that would be awesome! Thanks so much :D
-Isabel

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woodstockbirdy (author)2012-04-26

I know this is asking a lot, but I, like many people do not understand electronics at ALL so it would be nice for a bit more info on how to do it.

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cfleis1 (author)woodstockbirdy2012-04-30

I'm trying to talk the Jester into designing a custop PCB with built in Arduino and motor controllers so other people can build their own by just hooking up some motors and a linear actuator. If enough people are interested we'll probably put it together.

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woodstockbirdy (author)cfleis12012-05-02

Thank you so much! I am really mechanically minded, but when it comes to electronics, not a chance.

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lookwhatjoeysmaking (author)2012-04-25

cooooooooooooooooooolllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll

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ecsaul23 (author)2012-04-25

wicked idea!!

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hasson (author)2012-04-25

Nice!

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instructascott (author)2012-04-25

OH MY GOD!

Life is complete.

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AustinL97 (author)2012-04-24

This is soooo cool.

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Penolopy Bulnick (author)2012-04-24

Awesome! Real life Mario Kart!

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