GamePadToPC Released, Control your PC with a Wii U Gamepad

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  1. Devin
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    User vashgs has released his new program called GamePadToPc which allows the user to take control of their PC with the Wii U gamepad by taking advantage of the Wii U's web browser. Currently you may only map buttons to keyboard keys, but in future update vashgs has mentioned adding support for mouse control using the Wii U gamepad's analog sticks, as well as streaming the PC's screen to the gamepad, and much more.

    :download: GamePadToPC Download
    :arrow: GamePadToPC Release Thread w/ Tutorial
     
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    Newcomer thebsharp Why'd you have to go and Gunt my fries?

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    very very promising. who needs VC to play on the screen when you can conceivably play any emulator you have on you PC on the gamepad.
     
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    Awesome, now I can play my psp games I'm streaming to my computer on my Wii U pad!
     
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    it seems like it's browser based
     
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    pretty smart idea

    so your computer is the page hoster and the WiiU Pad just visits the page on the local lan
    then all the buttons become mapped to what the page was set to on the PC

    the WiiUpad screen only show button information it is sending to the PC

    looks like this still has some development prospects too
     
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    Emulation on the wii u without actually running it on the wii u? Cool.
     
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    Fixed your nonsense post.
     
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    If he can stream it to the wii u, then it would be kind of like how I describe it. Not really/literally of course.
     
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    So do you have to have a Wii U to make use of this? Or can the controllers browse websites without a WiiU being present? I'm thinking this could make the worlds sweetest XBMC remote...
     
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    Very clever idea to send the button keys to a server running on a PC. If the latency isn't that high, it also potentially means that the PC can either stream image data to the GamePad which can be rendered using canvas. It's a pity that it's dependent on the Wii U hardware running instead of having a low-level device driver yet, but I'm sure we'll get there one day. Would be really fun to try code something for the PC that uses the GamePad natively.

    Also really surprised that Nintendo provided a proper JavaScript API to access the gamepad button and sensor data. Would be really interesting to see if their version of WebKit still keeps functionality such as the fullscreen API. (But unfortunately I don't have a Wii U to test with so I can't find out)

    You'll need a Wii U which is powered on so that you can use the web browser on it.
     
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    it might be possible to stream to the wii u via streaming video, however there will be a delay, so it's not really worth it :)
     
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    The Vita's VitaRemoteClient worked well enough. No reason that the Wii U's can't do the same if not better.
     
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    A neat concept, but it's a far cry from actually connecting the GamePad to the PC by Bluetooth right now.

    The GamePad, communicates to the WiiU, which communicates with localhost on the PC, it works but it's not the most desirable thing.
     
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    This is very cool idea :) no need for the VC anymore when you got emulators on the computer. :yay:
     
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    These guys are fucking genius.
     
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    My son said, does that mean I can play minecraft on the wiiu pad? I said well I dunno son I'll ask. So is that a distinct possibility if we can broadcast the pc screen too?
     
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    Remote desktop options that are not hooked into RDP have interesting problems when it comes to proper 3d (and I hate to think how that plays out on a web browser for an embedded system) but minecraft just sits in the standard 2d options for the most part (it has been a few months since I saw it run though and java is an odd thing).
    To that end it may lag a bit but that is nothing terribly unusual for minecraft and you might not do so well in a proper fight but straight building and mining should be fine.

    Naturally it would probably take a portion of your PC up at the time but if you want to get creative I believe minecraft in a virtual machine is quite doable so you could stick minecraft in a VM and stick the remote software on that VM. Minimise the VM and the wii u pad will know no different.
     
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    The Wii U uses a custom wi-fi protocol not bluetooth.
     
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    This is actually a really crappy hack.

    BTW; the author also included nodejs without a copy of the MIT license, which makes this distribution illegal. Nice front page material.
     
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    I assume you know how to do this and would surely try to help him, right?
     

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