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« on: October 03, 2009, 08:15:19 PM »

Wii Remote Mount/Battery Solution from teachwithtech.com

At teachwithtech.com, we are striving to make the wiimote project a permanent solution in the classroom. The product discussed below was a transition product until we were able to offer a hassle free constant power source that did not rely on batteries.  Thank you everyone for your input and discussion!

If you do need a rechargeable solution, please contact us at: [email protected]

Otherwise, you can view our new product in our recent post or at www.teachwithtech.com





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« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2009, 06:30:17 PM »

How do you recomend  sync up to bluetooth?  I had similar product but users found it difficult to press the  1&2. They didn't like pulling out a ladder or stepping on a chair every time they wanted to use it.
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« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2009, 06:43:31 PM »

Most of the teachers we have talked to that are using this solution use a meter stick or a ruler to press the 1 and 2 buttons.  We soon hope to have a solution for a remote sync of the wii remote.

The advantage here is not that you can remotely sync, but that there is no need to take the wii remote down everyday to charge/change the batteries. This in conjunction with having a mounting/power solution in one.

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« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2009, 02:43:16 PM »

Hi,
Check out this rather long post to overcome remote syncing.

http://www.wiimoteproject.com/project-ideas/syncing-with-a-permanently-mounted-wiimote/msg9575/#msg9575

I also have developed a way of connecting 3 volt door chimes to the wiimote so that both the wiimote and doorchime are powered by a single 3 volt AC adapter. You can now turn the wiimote into discovery mode with a simple press of the remote button from anywhere in the room. Costs $11 and about half an hour of modifying and simple soldering.
 
The fishing line is by far the simplist and the cheapest option though.

I have also developed another way to remotely put the wiimote into discovery mode. Much simpler than hooking up the wireless doorchime, much cheaper and will require no battery changes ever. It's along the same line as the fishing line concept but is electric. As soon as I meet with the Uni on the 3rd November and demonstrate, I'll post the procedures for both these concepts.

All my wiimote setups are remotely accessed. This is the only way to go especially if you want teachers to take this cheaper alternative seriously. The best thing, it still only adds a couple of extra dollars to the whole set up.

I'll keep you posted.

Cheers,

Joe.
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« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2009, 07:53:59 PM »

Thanks Joe!

Sounds like we've been on a similar track in trying to find a permanent cost effective solution for the remote syncing option. We have been testing several methods and we hope to have a remote syncing option available within a few months. I look forward to your post in the future.

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« Reply #5 on: October 09, 2009, 05:20:26 AM »

Hi teachwithtech,
If you use the rechargeable battery packs as pictured above, they will eventually die if they are being subject to a constant charge. It is a far better solution to purchase a 3 volt AC adapter and connect it to the terminals in the battery compartment or pull the wiimote apart and solder the wires directlty to the positive and negative solder spots on the circuit board.
You get a constant and reliable power supply of over 96% the entire time. I have had a wiimote connected this way permanently now for 8 months straight and no issues whatsoever.
Lately, I haven't been shutting the laptop down at the end of the teaching day so the wiimote just stays connected all week. Walk in each morning, turn on the data projector instant IWB just like the pros!
Cheers,
Joe.
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« Reply #6 on: October 09, 2009, 09:25:14 PM »

Joe,
  We agree with you that using a 3 volt adapter is by far a better solution for a permanent power source. However, many of the teachers/presenters we've been in contact with do not want the hassle of wiring their own wiimote.  This is why we've made this solution available until we are able to provide a hassle free non-battery powered option.  We have used this battery pack option for many situations for well over a year without issue. 

Thanks again for your input,
   teachwithtech
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« Reply #7 on: October 10, 2009, 01:51:47 AM »

The wiijiiboard.com (banner ad that sometimes appears) appear to have a permanent power solution that doesn't involve a battery pack
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« Reply #8 on: October 11, 2009, 05:39:28 AM »

Thank you mystre. It looks like they do have a wireless option for remotely syncing to the wii remote.  This is one of the methods we are currently testing as well. We are also testing a wired method for those who would like a wired pushbutton option.

If you are looking for a long term option for power and remote syncing, the battery pack above is not for you.  Please purchase from wiijiiboard as they do have this option available now.  However, we are working on making both a wired and a wireless option available. We will post a video soon as a preview to the methods we hope to use for remote syncing.

Thanks again mystre for your post!

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« Reply #9 on: November 01, 2009, 10:22:30 PM »

I'm going to weigh in on this as these are items I am extremely familiar with. First, this type of battery insert is not approved for use in the US. A person would be wise to steer away from them. You won't find them being sold by any "normal" retail outlet. The voltage drop from 5V to 3V is achieved with a resistor - that's all. The batteries are NiCd which are pretty much obsolete.

That being said, I sold many of these early on and then stopped to find better US approved devices which I did.

If you are in the US and purchase one of these, buyer beware. There is no warranty and no guarantees. I can't fault anyone for wanting to be economical but safety is a greater concern in my opinion.
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« Reply #10 on: November 02, 2009, 01:00:16 AM »

Thank you wiipenmaker from irgreatinnovations.com and jmitchell from penteractive.us.  You both have pointed out a main issue regarding the powering of the wii remote. Those familiar with the wii remote know that 5 volts will damage any wii remote.  However, the battery pack above has the internal components safe for use with any wii remote.  I'm not sure where wiipenmaker and jmitchell received the information about the output or the internal components of our product, but they obviously did not purchase from us.

We are excited to announce an addition to our mounting and powering options very soon. A constant source of power and accessories that will allow for remote syncing of the wii remote.  We will have a video posted soon as a preview of what is to come.

Again, teachwithtech thanks wiipenmaker and jmitchell for their efforts to make interactive whiteboard products accessible and inexpensive for teachers and presenters everywhere.

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