This is the video demonstrating it.
Here is the video teaching us how to set this up:
I love how he projects this onto a flat table and demonstrates that anything may be turned interactive with this configuration. He also demonstrates that if you use TWO pens it is a multi touch interactive system. Wow!
He also uses the same system to turn an LCD display into an interactive whiteboard also.
I highly recommend you visit the inventor's website and page about the technical details as well as the software that you should download.
What you need:
- A Wiimote (it only uses the infrared camera built into the front of the controller which is sensitive to only sources of infrared light -- if you understand this, you'll understand how this works. One then only has to create "pens" that emit infrared light.)
- The Pen (an infrared LED, a push button and a power supply (which could be a battery source, a normal ink pen such as a BIC with the ink portion removed and glue -- my favorite pen, however, is on flickr by Alan Melecon and he used a thick highlighter marker.)
- A Stand or Tripod for Wimote (must be close enough to take into account that it has a field of view of only about 45 degrees but far enough to see the whole projected image on the board.)
- Bluetooth adapter for the computer (You have to connect the wiimote to the computer over bluetooth.)
- You ALREADY need a projector, a FLAT SURFACE of any kind (even a wall), and the projector should be hooked to something (like a computer) - this of course wasn't included in their costs.
- His software:
Wiimote Whiteboard (original 12/19/07) - includes source
Wiimote Whiteboard v0.2 (updated 3/27/08) - includes source
Honestly, I don't think I can wait to try this out for this simple reason. I could use this method to allow my students to draw on their screens without having to buy tablets. It would just give them another way to interact with their computers. I think I would buy some sort of protective shield for the LCD.
OK, lets hear from everyone who has actually done this!
tag: wiimote whiteboard, teaching, education, innovation