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« on: January 17, 2009, 07:33:53 PM »

Hi,

I have already read the http://wyxs.net/web/wiimote/digital_whiteboard.html#h7.2.1 tutorial, but as my soldering skills are not very good, I would like to know if there is an non-solder way to power the wiimote via AC or USB, and also how to turn it on automaticly each time I start the computer.

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« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2009, 12:09:36 AM »

As far as I'm aware there isn't a way to automatically power on the wiimote. I guess we're pretty much stuck with pushing buttons 1&2 for the time being.

As for powering the wiimote, my company will be releasing for sale such an option in the next few weeks. We're quite excited about it. It will be an improvement on our already very successful wiimote cover mount.

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« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2009, 12:26:22 AM »

Fantastic. I look forward to seeing it.

Is there a way to hotwire the red search button to be triggered by an electric signal? Then you could activate it by the push of a button, or even by a signal sent by the computer.
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« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2009, 02:55:53 AM »

Wiweeyum & Mike090
The remote sync option in http://wyxs.net/web/wiimote/digital_whiteboard.html#h7.2.1 is some quality work by krid, well researched and documented.

The remote powering is easiest done with a battery pack with USB charging you cna buy on ebay for a few $$. Just search 'Wiimote'. Then use a USB extension cord power straight of your computer no electronics etc. That said the remote powering describe by krid in the above article is superior, but technical.

FYI I will bereleasing later today a Wiki that documentes everything about setting up and using a Wiimote Interactive whiteboard. - stay tuned!

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« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2009, 03:34:13 AM »

As far as I'm aware there isn't a way to automatically power on the wiimote. I guess we're pretty much stuck with pushing buttons 1&2 for the time being.

As for powering the wiimote, my company will be releasing for sale such an option in the next few weeks. We're quite excited about it. It will be an improvement on our already very successful wiimote cover mount.

John Mitchell
http://penteractive.us

Great, I hope it can solve my problem with battery loss...

I'm looking forward to implement this on my school and, as I'm only 15 years old, everything has to be perfect or otherwise the teachers won't support it, and that would be a shame to me.

As for turning it on, in the tutorial i previously mencioned, it seems to be not that hard, but I need some help with it...

The stuff I need to do that is: momentary switch and the 4 wire cable, right?

Or do I need the black box that appears in the photos?

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« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2009, 05:12:55 AM »

Mike090

The powering information in the thread is quite dificult (I wouldn't even try). All you will ned is some speaker wire and a on/off switch for the remote sync.

The use one of these: http://cgi.ebay.com.au/RECHARGE-BATTERY-PACK-FOR-NINTENDO-Wii-WIIMOTE-REMOTE_W0QQitemZ260347261295QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_15?hash=item260347261295&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=66%3A2|65%3A1|39%3A1|240%3A1318 with a USB extension cord.

I have ported krid's work into the Wiki I'm releasing this afternoon and made it a bit easier to read.

The wiki will have complete and detailed documentation of everything you & your teachers will need to know.

I must add how awesome it is that a student is driving this, anything that is student driven is so powerful in schools.

I woud love to here your progress if you could keep us updated by posting your progress in this thread or give us a summary of your experiences. It would be invaluable as evidence to the success of this project.

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« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2009, 06:25:45 AM »

mike090

I just tested when you press the red sync button it turns the Wiimote on!

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« Reply #7 on: January 18, 2009, 03:56:58 PM »

Mike090

The powering information in the thread is quite dificult (I wouldn't even try). All you will ned is some speaker wire and a on/off switch for the remote sync.

The use one of these: http://cgi.ebay.com.au/RECHARGE-BATTERY-PACK-FOR-NINTENDO-Wii-WIIMOTE-REMOTE_W0QQitemZ260347261295QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_15?hash=item260347261295&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=66%3A2|65%3A1|39%3A1|240%3A1318 with a USB extension cord.

I have ported krid's work into the Wiki I'm releasing this afternoon and made it a bit easier to read.

The wiki will have complete and detailed documentation of everything you & your teachers will need to know.

I must add how awesome it is that a student is driving this, anything that is student driven is so powerful in schools.

I woud love to here your progress if you could keep us updated by posting your progress in this thread or give us a summary of your experiences. It would be invaluable as evidence to the success of this project.

benpaddlejones Smiley




Great!!

The ebay item you showed me, it recharges the battery even when the wiimote is on?

And another thing, to turn on the wiimote, is a 2 wire cable, right?
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« Reply #8 on: January 18, 2009, 04:10:31 PM »

Mike090
Yep, 2 wires to the red sync button will turn on the wiimote and make it available to sync.

not sure on the powering the wiimote, while it is on I, I need to test.

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« Reply #9 on: January 18, 2009, 04:50:23 PM »

Mike090
Yep, 2 wires to the red sync button will turn on the wiimote and make it available to sync.

not sure on the powering the wiimote, while it is on I, I need to test.

Ben :-)

What kind of wires do I need?
Sorry for my ignorance, but I'm not familiarized with electricity...

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« Reply #10 on: January 18, 2009, 06:34:01 PM »

Are this the wires I need? See atachment

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« Reply #11 on: January 19, 2009, 12:27:50 AM »

mike090
That looks like it will do it or ask for 'speaker wire', its perfect for what you need and very cheap. (used to connect stereo's to speakers).

Any electrical or hardware shop will sell in by the meter usually about 0.5cents a meter or less. Or get anything between 0.12 or 0.2 gauge.

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« Reply #12 on: January 19, 2009, 12:46:18 AM »

Ok... And what about the switch?

Any On/Off switch will do?

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