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« on: July 24, 2010, 06:14:29 PM »

Hi everyone,

I'm planning to build a wiimote board for a friend. It would be great if someone used both wiimote board and other commercial alternatives (such as mimio) could compare them in every aspects. What kind of problems occur with wiimote board in classroom use? What are possible solutions?

Any thought is appreciated, thanks.


(I read many topics on this forum, but it would be good for everyone if we could put all pros and cons in a table.)

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« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2010, 07:05:13 PM »

Hi,

I will give a brief list on some of the advantages and disadvantages of the Wiimote solution from my own view.
Advantages
  • Low-cost
  • Provides essential interactive whiteboard functionality
  • Very portable
  • Able to use on any flat screen surface

Disadvantages
  • Learning curve with setting up system and using the IR pen
  • Line-of-sight required which may cause interruption when blocking
  • Educational resources not available in comparison from other interactive whiteboard makers

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« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2010, 07:44:20 PM »

Thanks Boon Jin.

Let me add some:

pros

  • Multi-touch
  • wireless
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cons
  • relatively low-resolution. (can be overcomed with multiple wiimotes i guess?!)
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« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2010, 08:29:39 AM »

PROS:

Automatically creates "Teachable moments" for kids. Since the way that the system works is a little more out in the open, a Wiimote system is bound to lead to questions like: "What's an infra-red camera?" "Why can't I see a light coming from the pen?" "How does bluetooth work?" etc.

If the teacher is savy they will jump on these and share a lot of knowledge.

The expensive parts of the system should last longer, since they are not touched everyday by the users. This should lead to even more cost savings.

CONS:

The wii-remote is attractive to teen-aged thieves.
Sensitive to sun-light. Some classrooms need to install black out curtains.
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