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I think the best option is to purchase a bluetooth dongle that has a toshiba bluetooth stack compatible chipset.  I think most of the resellers in this forum carry one or more. 

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Si usted tiene un mando de Wii Plus, usted tendrá que usar la pila Bluetooth de Toshiba. Por favor, consulte la siguiente página para más información: http://www.smoothboard.net/wiiremoteplus/

Si usted tiene un mando de Wii regular (sin más), le recomiendo que utilice la pila Bluetooth de Microsoft y no BlueSoleil.

Espero que esto ayude.

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Interesting....

I'm assuming you are using Smoothboard for your connection software.  If you are, then I would highly recommend using the microsoft bluetooth stack instead .  I would start over by uninstalling all of your bluetooth software and also any remaining bluetooth stacks.  Then, just simply plug in the bluetooth adapter and let Windows install the software necessary.

If this doesn't work, I would venture to guess that you may need to try another bluetooth dongle.  There are resellers in the forum that provide battle tested bluetooth dongles for Wii Remotes.  I haven't heard of anyone using this dongle successfully, but its hard to know without testing...

Hope this helps...

 


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General Discussion / Re: calibration's problem with IR PEN
« on: May 05, 2013, 09:37:48 PM »
A couple things to check:

1.  Make sure you are using an Authentic Wii Remote.  Any fakes or third party brands have terrible ir camera sensitivity.  If you purchased a very cheap wii remote on ebay, then you most likely have a fake and this could be your issue.

2. Your infrared pen needs to be of high intensity.  The best is the Vishay TSAL 6400 infrared led.  If you are powering your ir pen with the AG3 batteries, I would recommend making sure you have fresh batteries.  Low battery life can be an issue...

3. Make sure that the wii remote can "see" the infrared light.  I have mine mounted on my ceiling slightly to the right of center.  This is because I am right handed and I angle my infrared pen slightly to the right when I write.  Either way, make sure that the infrared light is not being blocked by your hand or your body.  If you are relying on reflection, a smooth white surface works incredibly well.

Hope this helps and good luck!

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General Hardware Talk / Re: Help me to choose the right wiiremote
« on: October 19, 2012, 11:16:14 PM »
Just be careful in trying to purchase an original Wii Remote (without the plus).  I purchased one from amazon.com that turned out to be fake and the performance was terrible.  If a seller is selling a new Wii Remote without the plus, it is probably fake as Nintendo stopped manufacturing the older version over a year ago.  I would look for a refurbished one or a used one from a trusted retailer.

I currently use a Nintendo Wii Remote Plus with a toshiba bluetooth adapter and find it very simple to connect everyday.

Good Luck!

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Bluetooth & Connectivity Help Center / Re: Wiimote doesnot work
« on: July 18, 2012, 01:20:19 PM »
I would highly recommend using a nintendo brand controller.  I think you'll find that the performance of Nintendo brand versus fakes is well worth the money and time lost using a non nintendo product.  This includes tracking (the ir cameras in the Wii Remotes are of high resolution compared to most fakes) as well as ease of connecting to a computer. 

I wonder if you had a nintendo brand Wii Remote if you wouldn't have had to buy a new bluetooth dongle...

Smoothboard is a program that easily connects your Wii Remote for you and then has annotation features to use as an interactive whiteboard. 

Good luck

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Bluetooth & Connectivity Help Center / Re: Wiimote doesnot work
« on: July 17, 2012, 01:35:05 PM »
Where did you purchase your Wii Remote from?  If it is a fake Wii Remote, they are notorious for having connection problems.  If it is truly a new Nintendo Wii Remote Plus, you will need to use the new compilation of smoothboard and use the Toshiba bluetooth stack.

See here: https://docs.google.com/document/pub?id=1X_Q7_Da4-g2l6AaHgHZTrdzyAuPuM6UmU8zeK6aUG-k

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General Discussion / Re: WiiMote Plus/No Plus
« on: July 16, 2012, 12:27:28 PM »
The generic non branded usb bluetooth dongles can be used with the Toshiba Bluetooth stack, but you can only use it for 30 days and then reinstall if you want to keep using it...kind of annoying.

Smoothboard has a page you can see for more info: https://docs.google.com/document/pub?id=1X_Q7_Da4-g2l6AaHgHZTrdzyAuPuM6UmU8zeK6aUG-k

I looked at the resellers in this forum and found these two:

http://teachwithtech.com/Bluetooth-Adapters/Bluetooth-Adapter-and-Toshiba-Software-p52.html

http://www.irpens.co.uk/product_info.php?products_id=98&osCsid=qkfqqj0lil3dg54jrgmsjkteg3

Hope this helps :)

Also, if you have a mac, there is no need to use the Toshiba bluetooth stack as all versions of the Wii Remote and Plus will work.

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General Discussion / Re: WiiMote Plus/No Plus
« on: July 13, 2012, 01:57:57 PM »
farmerdave,

I would recommend buying a new Wii Remote Plus from a local game store or department store.  Purchasing an older Wii Remote (without the plus) is tough because I purchased one online and it turned out to be a fake (very poor performance).  I would buy from only a trusted source and a local store might be the best bet.

I just looked and Walmart has the Wii Remote Plus on sale now for $34.42, maybe that would be a good place to start :)

Just remember that with the New Wii Remote Plus, using the Toshiba bluetooth stack is required with smoothboard.

Good luck!

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Wiimote Smoothboard / Re: problem connecting wiimote with motion plus
« on: June 27, 2012, 01:11:30 AM »
Just use the toshiba bluetooth stack to install.  The following link will be helpful...

https://docs.google.com/document/pub?id=1X_Q7_Da4-g2l6AaHgHZTrdzyAuPuM6UmU8zeK6aUG-k

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Wiimote Smoothboard / Re: I/R pen off by about 6"
« on: April 28, 2012, 11:34:36 PM »
I've never had this happen when my wii remote or television remained in the same location after calibration....  Make sure that either is not moved after calibration (I'm sure you've already thought of this, but I thought I would mention it)

It's definitely not the trial version of smoothboard :) This trial version functions the same way as the registered version.

I'm assuming the height of your interactive surface is just over 20 inches, so I would try moving the wii remote closer to the screen (to just over 40 inches).  The wii remote should be at a distance of twice the height of the screen from the interactive surface.

I'm also wondering if you are using an infrared pen with the Vishay TSAL 6400 LED... 

 If your television does not reflect the infrared light well towards the wii remote, this may also be a contributing factor.  However, moving the wii remote closer may fix this problem.

Hope this helps! :)



   

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General Discussion / Re: Wiimote obligatory
« on: April 12, 2012, 11:37:22 PM »
There are ir cameras on the market, some (not many of the quality of the ir camera in the Wiimote) that can be purchased for less than a Wii Remote. However there are some major issues that make the Wii Remote a much better option.  shakespeare1212 wrote the following as I thought his explanation was pretty clear:  

"While using a web cam to track IR points of light can work, it puts a much greater load on the computer then using the Wii Remote. You see the Wii remote sends back to the the computer a nice little data report, you could think of it as text, and in this report it has the x and y possitions of each of up to four points or IR light that the wii mote is currently tracking. Now all that the software has to do is calibrate this information and use it.

On the other hand what a web cam sends to the computer over a USB 2.0 connection, ussually is 30 frames per second of video informaiton. For a 1.3 or 2 mega pixel camera this can be just a HUGE amount of data. Then you have to write a program to sift through all of that data, find the IR points of light and then do something with them.

That is why we all love the Wiimote. It is a little processing work horse. Although computers are getting faster all of the time and someday, yes, it may be time to say bye bye to the beloved wiimote. For now, it is the very best way to create an interactive white board, by far."

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IR Pens / Re: I bought a pen but doesn't track...
« on: November 22, 2011, 09:44:46 AM »
What is the height of your interactive surface (the projected image)?  Once you know this, double this measurement and this is how far the wii remote should be from your interactive surface. 

Placing the wii remote directly on the projector (or at a 90 degree angle to the screen) works great for highly reflective surfaces and ceiling mounted remotes.  I would recommend either mounting your wii remote to the ceiling or placing it at a slight angle up to 45 degrees.   

Also make sure you have an authentic Nintendo Brand Wii Remote.  Off brands and fakes can have major issues with tracking....

Good luck!

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Pentabulous / Re: no HID found
« on: July 31, 2011, 10:26:03 PM »
Have you tried using the free trial version of Smoothboard? 

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General Discussion / Re: which wiimote are you using that is good?
« on: July 20, 2011, 12:36:35 PM »
I would just purchase one from a trusted source.  The resellers in this forum or a reputable gaming/department store.  You usually get what you pay for and in the end it's just not worth it for the wiimote whiteboard if a knock-off is used. Just buy a new authentic wii remote plus.   If the price is much lower than $39.99, it's probably a fake.

Hope this helps...


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