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    Multiple Mouse Pointers

    http://www.microsoft.com/multipoint/...f/default.aspx

    Make your powerpoints interactive with multi mouse support from Microsoft.

    There is also an SDK for your own apps.

    Windows MultiPoint Mouse Software Development Kit

    Ben

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    this looks interesting, will have to have a play with it! just dont like the idea of 30 odd wireless mice all connected at once! aha

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    True, would be cool to be able to redirect the mice inputs from classroom pc's to the teacher one then you could do multiple choice type quizzes etc.. and display them on the big screen.

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    How do you plug 30 wireless mice into a PC with 4 USB ports

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    Multiple usb hubs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hightower View Post
    How do you plug 30 wireless mice into a PC with 4 USB ports
    a load of powered usb hubs, and a pretty good USB bus, probbably USB 3.0 would be up to the job.

    seems like something no one is willing to do unless they have frizzy white hair and a car that travels back in time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by plexer View Post
    Multiple usb hubs.
    Multiple pain to support

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    We need to sue Microsoft!

    We came up with this idea at BETT after we saw the SMART table.

    Theiving.....

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    True but I think this will be of more use in primaries which is where the software publishers seem to be, or a poor mans interactive table with say 4 mice on it.

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    I've already given this to a couple of staff here after reading about it at Microsoft UK Schools : A new way to add interactivity and quizzes to PowerPoint presentations

    Another interesting thing for Office... Microsoft UK Schools : Ribbon Hero ? combining games and learning

    Ray Fleming's blog is good (especially when he mentions us)

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    At last a use for a 24 Port Hub


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    or a poor mans interactive table with say 4 mice on it.
    That was what we came up with

    Just stick an old dim projector that still works under a glass coffee table and you've saved yourself about 4k over the SMART one

    All we needed was the software to cope with it

    regards

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hightower View Post
    How do you plug 30 wireless mice into a PC with 4 USB ports
    You could plug them in to multiple (powered) USB hubs okay, but then they would intefere with each other and/or your 802.11 network (I think we've discusssed this recently - is about half a dozen Bluetooth devices in close proximity a practical limit? I assume other wireless devices, using the same chunk of bandwidth, would have a similar limit?). The software would also seem to be limited to 25 pointers. Better for groupwork, maybe?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SimpleSi View Post
    Just stick an old dim projector that still works under a glass coffee table
    Even cheaper - just use an LCD monitor, there's no need to worry about touch input on the screen itself. Could even try those all-in-one laptop-style keyboards with built-in touchpads - half a dozen of those around an LCD display built in to a table, well under 1,000 for the whole thing.

    All we needed was the software to cope with it
    The original post only links to stuff that works for Powerpoint - if you want anything else you have to write it yourself using Microsoft's API. I don't know what happens to stuff like embedded Flash content inside Powerpoint files - I'm guessing it just gets confused, I think multi-pointer/touch support for Flash is still in the works.

    The current development version of Debian and the next release of Ubuntu supports multiple mouse pointers, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SimpleSi View Post
    We need to sue Microsoft!

    We came up with this idea at BETT after we saw the SMART table.

    Theiving.....

    Simon
    Our development cycle must be really fast - we read your brainwaves at BETT, developed it and then went back in time to launch it at BETT and demo it on the stand by 10am on the first day Suddenly even more impressed with our developers - not only mind-reading, but time travel
    For the benefit of the tape, definitely intended as humour

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