Wiimote Whiteboard Set Up





Introduction: Wiimote Whiteboard Set Up

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The reason for this is to show how to use a wiimote, a bluetooth usb adapter, computer and software to create a low cost tablet screen out of your current monitor with the components just listed.

i made this after seeing johnny lee's video and thought id show my try at it
im a mechanical engineering student and just found this cool

heres johnny lee's instructable for it

Step 1: The Ir Pen.

the first step is building the infrared pen. the wiimote is used as an infrared sensor connected to the computer via bluetooth.

I used an ir led, small momentary switch, and a AAA battery. this all fits nicely inside an empty marker.
on the end i placed a piece of foil to reflect the light at all angles.

Step 2: Placement of the Wiimote.

The wiimote has a viewing angle of 45 degrees.
this step is trial and error. to find which angle and distance works for you.
I have it placed around 2.5 ft in front of my monitor just slightly off center.

Step 3: Connection of Wiimote

once you have the wiimote placed and the ir pen done,
next is the software side.
the usb bluetooth adapter i have came with the software thats necessary.
this is the blue soleil software.blue soleil software.
once you can get the wiimote connected the wiimote whiteboard program needs to be downloaded
johnny lee developed this program and its located at hiswebsite website.
another cool program is glove pieglove pie which allows you to use the wiimote itself as the mouse.



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    Yet another display of the multi pupose-ness of the duct tape ;)

    i have an external bluetooth device but it not detect the wiimote..
    what i do know??

    In addition, you can use Smoothboard's Calibration Window to help with the positioning and adjusting the Wiimote's orientation.

    This will help you to increase the tracking utilization by placing the Wiimote as close as possible to the screen while ensuring that the whole screen area is captured.

    Boon Jin


    I agree with shakespeare1212. Windows 7 does has some problems with the "Bluetooth stack", that's why we need the software like iWiiBoard (http://www.iwiiboard.com) which can help you automatically search and add your wiimote. It's very convenient. If you have to do it step by step yourself, it will cost you time and trouble.We always like free stuff,but the inconvenience or the trouble is the cost.


    Your best rule of thumb is to place your Wii remote at a distance 2 times that of the high of your display. For example, if your display is 4 feet high then place the Wii remote 8 feet out from the screen. Video projectors work much better then just your computer or laptop screen. I know that they are expensive. But they are awesome to watch movies on too. Check out the awesome uses that I put them to at: http://whaleboneir.com/numsets1.html

    Windows Vista, and Windows 7 now have a built-in "Bluetooth stack". They work well. They are free, but they do sometimes take longer to connect because they are always trying to go out to the internet and update themselves, as soon as you turn them on.

    am easier way to make the pen write more smoothly is to put the led facing out of the back of the pen, then just do the same thing. you would still hold the pen in the same way, but the led will face outwards.

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    A potential issue with this method will be the tracking may not be accurate. As the IR point is away from the screen, the mouse cursor may end up away from the actual clicking position based on the tilt and orientation of the IR pen.

    Boon Jin

    they're only $20, not that much, although there's always shipping...

    20$ ^ not too much??!! :O man it doesn't cost more that 1$ to make one by urself!, althought it's very easy to make!

     An IR LED is an INFRA-RED LED, like the one in the end of a TV remote control. The one from VISHAY mentioned is by far the best one to get, using other ones tends to end up with not a very good result.

    You can take a look at boonjin.com/smoothboard/index.php for instructions on how to make your own IR pen.

    The IR LED looks like an ordinary LED but the light emitted is notvisible to the human eye. You are recommended to get the VishayTSAL 6400 IR LED for optimum results with the Wiimote.

    You can check whether the IR pen works by using your mobile phone'scamera as the camera usually will be able to capture the wavelengthemitted by the IR LED.

    Boon Jin