Park City Mathematics Institute
Secondary School Teacher Program

Wiimote Whiteboard Directions

We made our own Smartboard! You can, too!

Here are some picture-based instructions to use.

You'll need the following software:

PC: Johnny Chung's Wiimote Whiteboard (about 1/2 way down page) http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~johnny/projects/wii/
Mac: http://www.uweschmidt.org/wiimote-whiteboard

First, make your pen! Your first one will take about an hour. There are plenty of YouTube videos showing how to piece it together but the schematic below is as simple as it gets.
Note: You may be able to buy one here: http://www.infraredpens.com/ or on eBay.

After making or buying a pen, connect your Wii controller to your laptop using Bluetooth.
Note: PCs with XP and Macs seem the easiest ... Vista not so much.

Run your Wiimote Whiteboard software and go through the calibration process. You will want to be projecting on a reflective surface... a whiteboard is best but we have made it work on a light coloured wall.

Part
Infrared LED (1.5 V)
Battery Holder ("N" size)
1.5V N size battery
Submini SPST momentary switch (Normally Open)
Marker/Pen (emptied out)
  Radio Shack Part Number
276-143
270-405A
23-023
275-1571
 

Procedure:
Below is a diagram and parts showing the schematic.

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0314808 and Grant No. ESI-0554309. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.