View Full Version : Wii Sensor Bar Secret Revealed!!!

11-29-2006, 05:18 PM
Ok ya'll, check it.

I told ya'll last week that my cat chewed through the cable to my sensor bar and it had been like a week since I've been able to play Twilight Princess. Finally fustrated over the fact, I decided to get online and see if I could find some tips for repairing the wire myself. What I came across was pretty interesting though.

For some time now we've been under the impression that the Sensor Bar was the interface that the Wii used to communicate with the controller. Well I'm here to tell you people that that is wrong! The sensor bar itself is only a string of 10 Infrared LEDs, 5 on each side of the bar, that's it. We've been under the impression that the LEDs were in the Wiimote itself and the sensor bar was the "tracker" of it's movement, which it then sent to the Wii via cable. We've had it backwards this whole time. The Wiimote itself is the tracker and the Sensor bar provides the light the wiimote needs in order to track itself. What the Sensor bar does is so basic that you don't even need one. You can replace it with two Candles even and acheive the same effect!


Or if you'd like to go with something less risky, Make your own wireless Sensor Bar! (http://doctabu.livejournal.com/64758.html)

I've been using the candle method all day. And it works just as well as the sensor bar itself did. no problems until the fire began to disappear behind the melted wax. Easily remedied by just removing the excess wax though. I just wish I would've found this out sooner, would've been able to save $15 buying a new one from Nintendo...

Sun Tzu, Tha Soul Controllah
11-29-2006, 05:21 PM

11-29-2006, 06:06 PM
LMAo them guys are gonna ruin the TV with them candles to close to the screen..Nice find Bloo

11-29-2006, 08:09 PM
Wow. Cool man.

Dough Snatcher
11-29-2006, 09:50 PM
Ahaha im about to try this shit just for the hell of it...

Dough Snatcher
11-29-2006, 10:02 PM
It actually works...The little cursor hand is a bit jumpy (That may just be because of the height different in the candles) but yeah...It works...

11-30-2006, 09:08 PM
Wow, interesting to know that, thanks.

Sexy Jasper
12-01-2006, 08:15 AM
Hahahaha! Look at this!

We brought the Wii home and played it pretty much nonstop for the past 24 hours. At 12:10am, during a slower couch-sitting game of Wii Sports: Bowling, my Nintendo Wii got angry with me.

My buddy Troy reels back to roll his ball as he's done about 300 times tonight suddenly feels the controller slip from his hand. (THANK GOD for the wrist strap right?)

Nope. Wrist strap snaps. The Wiimote flies across the room impaling my 60" rear projection TV square in the upper left corner.

Be warned: Sweaty hands + faulty Wiimote wrist strap = broken ass TV.


I don't know much of the details about rear projection TVs. That might just be the outer glass. You can see a small white smudge from where part of the Wiimote hit the screen.

Frontal Lobotomy
12-01-2006, 01:55 PM
^ Stinger

12-01-2006, 01:59 PM

see u buy the cheapest new console and end up breaking a expensive tv

i see alot of that happen with this

actually this is the 4th story i heard about this happening to some one

12-01-2006, 03:41 PM
here's a thought...

Hold The Controller With A Firm Grip Fucko!!!

12-01-2006, 04:08 PM

Sexy Jasper
12-01-2006, 04:34 PM
here's a thought...

Hold The Controller With A Firm Grip Fucko!!!Man the safety cord broke... I'd probably be pissed at Nintendo if I were in his shoes.

Jet Set
12-02-2006, 06:57 AM
You can do the trick by replacing the candles with regular remotes if I'm correct.

And on the whole Wiimote flying thing. HOw many controllers were smashed into the ground?

Sexy Jasper
12-02-2006, 05:43 PM
The candles function as a light source, remotes send out invisible infra red signals and only when you push the buttons, so I don't think that would work.

Jet Set
12-03-2006, 01:41 PM

Ghost In The 'Lac
12-03-2006, 02:08 PM
so if you made your own sensor bar with like 30 IR leds would that mean you get better control with the remote?

12-04-2006, 12:01 AM
Well I'm sure that you wouldn't need that many LEDs in order to get better accuracy. It might improve the range though, which is the main thing everyone is bitching about right now.

I read the article IGN posted about this on their Wii page (late asses) and I agree with their statement about 3rd parties releasing wireless ones with better range now that the truth is out.