Inexpensive design for an Interactive Whiteboard
Couldn't find a better place to add this so here it is....
Well I thought perhaps I might share a nifty little device I have come across with the rest of you.
We have been purchasing Promethean Interactive Whiteboards, and they work very well for the purpose they were designed for.
I like browsing sites like Instructables - The World's Biggest DIY & How To Show & Tell as there are always ideas that get you thinking.
Anyway, I found this site: Low-Cost Multi-touch Whiteboard using the Wii Remote - Instructables - DIY, How To, tech
YouTube - Low-Cost Multi-touch Whiteboard using the Wiimote
The genleman, Jonny Lee, has found a way to use the Nintendo Wii remote with a IR Pen and an external USB Bluetooth device to use ANY surface as an interactive whiteboard (Desk, Whiteboard, Walls etc....).
In the video he shows a projector on a stand with a bracket he made for the Wii remote to hold it (Needs to be offset at around 45 degrees from the board so you don't get in the way of it). The image is projected onto a plain old wall, and later he projects the image onto his desk and uses it this way.
I visted Dick Smith Electronics (In Australia, sorry to you guys in the UK.. I am certain you will find the same thing over there) and purchased this device: DSE USB Bluetooth Dongle (XH1202) - Dick Smith Electronics - Australia. (On sale @ $39.95 at the time) (Cat # XH1202) and then purchased the software update for $15 - $20 AUD from BlueSolei (had some problems with the older version that comes supplied with the device - you can use the new version as a trial, but it is limited to a small data transfer).
You need the BlueSolei software to pick up the Wii Remote easily, altough there are some who have been able with their internal devices. I wanted it to be simple no matter what PC I was at.
I then made a Pen very similar to this: Instructable for IR pen Parts cost around $20 AUS (I bought some extras to muck around with).
The Wii remotes cost around $70 AUS for those ho don't own a Wii already.....
I then hooked it all up to a projector and plain old whiteboard. The result was very good. If you consider that the resolution of the Wii remote is not very high (1024 x 768 I heard??) the device works very well.
I have shown this to some of the staff, and they were all very excited about it, and the possibilities it offers. I thought perhaps some of you may be interested. I would be interested to hear any other stories you have seen or heard as well as any pen designs you may come up with.
We were going to try a thick pen case and use a AAA battery in one end with a button the same as this (The button I mean): http://undcon.com/mods/irpen/tn_img_9645.jpg (Currently we have an external battery on it which makes it a little hard to hold).
I hope this get some of you thinking about other ways they can be used, or even perhaps ways to get the remote mounted or ways to make an IR pen.