Introduction: Wii Teach You AFM

Here is an atomic force microscope education kit for open house demonstration. In 2007, the Nintendo Wii just start selling....The innovative way of control was very I modified the Wiimote controller for AFM education purpose.....

Step 1: Disassemble the Wiimote Controller

Step 2: Find the Infrared Camera in Front of the Circuit Board

Step 3: Use Wires for Extending the Connection of the Camera

Step 4: Sorry...some Photos Are Missing....please See the Video


IsaacErickson made it! (author)2017-03-03

Dear Dr Hwu,

Can I detect things on the nano-scale with this device? Would I need to add stepper motors?


whoand made it! (author)whoand2017-03-05

This is just a model not able to detect nano scale feature....

johnz20 made it! (author)2015-12-29

Hello Professor Hwu,

I am a french undergraduate student in Physics and I am working on AFM for a lab project. I find you work incredible and I would like to build it too to understand really how afm works.
Can you send me the detailed build files to build it ?

My email is

Thanks a lot in advance

(I also posted a request for your orther DIY Afm model because I want to compare the difficulty of building)

whoand made it! (author)whoand2016-01-20

Hi johnz20, the wiimote teach you AFM is much simpler. You can use laser diode, solar panel, PMMA frame then you can build this very fast.

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