Mouse Controls

BlueTunes can also control the mouse pointer. Very handy for those of you that have a computer connected to the TV. Now you can sit in front of your television and completely control the PC.

Method 1: Using the Wiimote buttons

Simply assign a Wiimote button to move the mouse Up, another for Down, another for Left and Right. Also, assign buttons for the Left Mouse button and Right Mouse button. This technique has the disadvantage of only being able to move the mouse in one direction at a time.

Method 2: Using the Wiimote motions

You will need to enable this feature before using because by default, this feature is disabled. Right click on the BlueTunes main screen and make sure 'Enable Mouse Motions' is checked. Be aware though, this will disable the original motion sensing feature of BlueTunes. Normally, holding the trigger button and motioning to the right would perform the Next Track function. This will not be the case anymore. Both features can not co-exist. It's one or the other.

Now that the feature is enabled, press and hold the trigger button. While holding the trigger, Wiimote motions will translate into mouse movements. Tilt the Wiimote to the right or left - kind of like turning a doorknob. To move up or down, tilt up or down as if you are pointing to the ceiling or floor. The more dramatic the tilt, the faster the mouse will move.

Method 3: Using the nunchuck analog joystick

Simply plug in the nunchuck and use the joystick to control the mouse pointer. Press button Z for the left mouse button and button C for the right. Out of simplicity, these buttons can not be changed to other functions.

Method 4: Pointing the Wiimote at the screen

This method is much more versatile, however an extra piece of hardware is needed - a sensor bar.

Get yourself a sensor bar and place it above or below your television. Load up BlueTunes and point the Wiimote at the screen. That's it. You can now completely control your PC.

No Wii necessary
Just because a sensor bar is used does not mean a Wii is needed. There are many options available to replicate the Wii sensor bar. All you need is a sensor bar that is powered - the Wii never actually communicates with the sensor bar - it only powers the sensor bar.

  • If you already own a Wii, then simply powering up the Wii is all that is needed.
  • You can also purchase a stock Wii Sensor Bar and connect it to a power source.
  • Or you can build your own sensor bar. Example1. Example2. Example3.
  • Or you can use candles! All that is needed are two powerful enough infra-red sources.

Button Functions

When the Wiimote is not pointing at the sensor bar, the buttons on the Wiimote perform their normal functionality. The 'A' button, for instance, is normally Play/Pause. However, once you point the Wiimote in the direction of the sensor bar, the button functions change to that of the mouse control setup. Stop pointing at the sensor bar and the button functions revert back to the normal settings again.

So let's say you are using VLC to watch a video. When not pointing at the sensor bar, the 'A' will perform Play/Pause. Now point the Wiimote in the direction of the sensor bar and the 'A' button becomes the Left Mouse button. The 'A' button will go back to Play/Pause once you point it away from the sensor bar.

These new button functions are also available when the Mouse Motions feature is enabled. With this feature enabled, holding the trigger and tilting the Wiimote will move the mouse. The buttons will also change to the same as if you were pointing at the sensor bar. For instance, while holding the trigger, button 'A' becomes the Left Mouse button. Release the trigger and button 'A' becomes Play/Pause again.

Mouse Freeze Funtion

I did the best I could to smooth out the mouse motions, but given all the variables (distance from sensor bar, amount of caffeine in operator, etc...) it is not perfect. There are times when you may wish to control the mouse pointer with considerable precision. Also, if the mouse is shaking slightly, it is almost impossible to perform a mouse double click with success.

It is because of this that BlueTunes has a mouse freeze feature. When you press the freeze button, the mouse pointer will stop in its place and remain. Now, if you continue pressing this button, you can also press the move mouse right, left, up, down buttons to move the mouse in small accurate increments. Or you can tilt the Wiimote left, right, up, down and the mouse will move slowly.

Mouse Freeze Example1
Let's say you want to double click an icon. The best way to do this is to position the mouse pointer over the icon by pointing, then press and hold the mouse freeze button. While continuing to press the freeze button, just double click the 'A' button.

Mouse Freeze Example2
You want to click on a tray icon, however you are having a difficult time considering how small they are. Just get the mouse pointer near the target and press and hold the freeze button. Continue pressing the freeze button and tilt the Wiimote to adjust the mouse pointer's position. Once in position, keep pressing the freeze button and press the 'A' button to perform a left click.

Default button functions when pointing at the screen