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Hardware Support => IR Pens => Topic started by: KTurbo on July 06, 2008, 10:06:55 AM

Title: IR pen gallery
Post by: KTurbo on July 06, 2008, 10:06:55 AM
Hey.

How about having a single, huge, thread where we all post our pictures of the IR pens we have. This is going to be a big 56k WARNING. It'll probably help some people to get some insparation. So, yeah. Go ahead, post your best pictures.
Title: Re: IR pen gallery
Post by: sammydadams on July 07, 2008, 03:40:47 AM
ok i'll be first i suppose...
here's mine, it holds one AA battery between two springs i pulled out of click-pens.  the only thing i actually bought on this was the momentary switch, the rest were various plumbing (water and gas) parts i found along with the solder and whatnot...i'm thinking of trying to replace the AA battery with a stack of watch sized batteries.  I also made a nicer looking one out of an LED penlight which i replaced the LED to an infrared one i found out of an old TV remote (the remote had two) and i had to file the led housing down to expose the led a bit better, but here's pics of the one i'm proud of =)

(http://img363.imageshack.us/img363/584/img00001xp7.jpg)

(http://img224.imageshack.us/img224/8500/img00002gz5.jpg)

(http://img363.imageshack.us/img363/6775/img00003fm1.jpg)

(http://img362.imageshack.us/img362/6809/img00004jj1.jpg)

(http://img224.imageshack.us/img224/3724/img00005uo9.jpg)


Sorry for the crappy quality, but you get the idea...you cant see it too well, but it has a small exposed blue wire and the momentary switch is just glued on the outside of the main housing...
Title: Re: IR pen gallery
Post by: UndCon on July 07, 2008, 05:55:09 AM
(http://www.undcon.com/mods/irpen/tn_img_9645.jpg)

Here is mine - more pictures here:

http://www.undcon.com/mods/irpen/
Title: Re: IR pen gallery
Post by: Francisco on July 07, 2008, 06:11:53 AM
My IR Pen #2

(http://clinik.net/wiimote/ir_pen_2.png)

More info:
Inside my IR Pen#2
Assembled in 4 easy steps

http://clinik.net/wiimote/wiimote_info_my_pen_2.php (http://clinik.net/wiimote/wiimote_info_my_pen_2.php)
Title: Re: IR pen gallery
Post by: skeeter1a41 on July 08, 2008, 05:24:15 AM
LED $1.99, Pen Lite $1.99, Duct tape $???

Pen Lite contains 2 AAA batteries.  LED soldered to the front of the first battery and the second is flipped backwards taking it out of the circuit.  This reduces the second battery to the status of spacer/spare but it
reduces the voltage to 1.5v taking away the need for a resistor. Shortening the pen barrel is also necessary to get it all to work.
Title: Re: IR pen gallery
Post by: thex on July 08, 2008, 12:00:30 PM
here is mine ;)

(http://img204.imageshack.us/img204/4066/r0021587xk3.th.jpg) (http://img204.imageshack.us/my.php?image=r0021587xk3.jpg)

(http://img89.imageshack.us/img89/5760/r0021588wr8.th.jpg) (http://img89.imageshack.us/my.php?image=r0021588wr8.jpg)

(http://img293.imageshack.us/img293/3553/r0021589ah0.th.jpg) (http://img293.imageshack.us/my.php?image=r0021589ah0.jpg)


parts:
old empty textmarker
ir led 1
springs from two ballpens
some wire and hot glue
button out of an old pc mouse

so thet thing costs 1 ;)

thex
Title: Re: IR pen gallery
Post by: micbridge on July 11, 2008, 07:41:37 PM
Side-Mounted LED pens:

Pixel & Presentation Pens
Title: Re: IR pen gallery
Post by: apdewith on July 12, 2008, 04:08:06 PM
I have several variations based on an easy to mod USB rechargeable LED pen:
1. IR LED inside and IR outside top mounted
2. IR outside side mounted
3. IR tip
4. All 4 of them
Title: Re: IR pen gallery
Post by: thetechguy on July 14, 2008, 01:21:04 PM
here is the low cost multi function professional IR Pen I have posted.

http://www.wiimoteproject.com/ir-pens/low-cost-professional-wii-light-pen-plus-4-in-1-multi-function/

I also opened a store to sell them if anyone is interested.
http://thetechguyusa.com/shop/

(http://www.thetechguyusa.com/lightpen/IMAGE_00015.jpg)
(http://www.thetechguyusa.com/lightpen/IMAGE_00021.jpg)

Jon
www.thetechguyusa.com
(http://thetechguyusa.com/tglogo.jpg)
Title: Re: IR pen gallery
Post by: benpaddlejones on July 19, 2008, 10:47:17 AM
Wiimote Friends

My Pens:

This is my first fully functioning pen. (I made a few before this that a) didn't work, b) had wires going everywhere or c) looked/worked terribly). The grommet comes out and the rechargeable battery slides out and can be put in a recharger, whilst still connected.
(http://lh3.ggpht.com/benpaddlejones/SCBLtJEauoI/AAAAAAAAAFM/hiYMOGsdcM4/s400/IMAGE_012.jpg)

This is the pen my students use. It is very cheap and easy to replace IR-Led if dropped.
(http://lh5.ggpht.com/benpaddlejones/SIIKnVDh5kI/AAAAAAAAANc/ss01AAklQbc/s400/P1010180.JPG)
[youtube]ZAEUalT6mfU[/youtube]
The parts list is in the youtube description.

This is my latest and greatest pen. I made two identical IR-Pens together, they work fantastically! Plus they look awesome and the recharger was a really cool idea. I prefer the thinner one, mostly because the shrink wrap gives it a nice feel. I wanted to try a fatter body as always used the thinner ones, I find the thinner pens feel more ergonomic with the switch added.
(http://lh3.ggpht.com/benpaddlejones/SIIKnK3Yo2I/AAAAAAAAANU/1fbjLRKBkY4/s400/P1010176.JPG)
[youtube]-4ZuiwLGE8I[/youtube]
The parts list is in the youtube description.


Benpaddlejones  :D
Title: Re: IR pen gallery
Post by: UndCon on July 19, 2008, 02:26:12 PM
Really Nice Ben!

your students seems hooked ;)
Title: Re: IR pen gallery
Post by: KTurbo on July 20, 2008, 01:57:46 AM
Here is my pen.

(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/3685/foto064ie6.th.jpg) (http://img180.imageshack.us/my.php?image=foto064ie6.jpg)

(http://img529.imageshack.us/img529/5744/foto065oj7.th.jpg) (http://img529.imageshack.us/my.php?image=foto065oj7.jpg)

I just used an ordinary white board pen.
Title: Re: IR pen gallery
Post by: boonjin on July 20, 2008, 06:59:45 AM
Wiimote Friends

My Pens:

This is my latest and greatest pen. I made two identical IR-Pens together, they work fantastically! Plus they look awesome and the recharger was a really cool idea. I prefer the thinner one, mostly because the shrink wrap gives it a nice feel. I wanted to try a fatter body as always used the thinner ones, I find the thinner pens feel more ergonomic with the switch added.
(http://lh3.ggpht.com/benpaddlejones/SIIKnK3Yo2I/AAAAAAAAANU/1fbjLRKBkY4/s400/P1010176.JPG)
The parts list is in the youtube description.

Benpaddlejones  :D

Wow!
This must be the coolest custom made IR pen in the world. Wished I had one too. :)
Currently I am using a very unreliable IR pen. My switch is constantly causing the IR source to blink. I have to press it at a weird angle to get the switch to turn on. :(
Will create a better one, once I have completed the application.

Once again, great work!

P/S: Maybe you can start making and selling IR pens. :)
Title: Re: IR pen gallery
Post by: benpaddlejones on July 23, 2008, 02:56:25 AM
Currently I am using a very unreliable IR pen. My switch is constantly causing the IR source to blink. I have to press it at a weird angle to get the switch to turn on. :(
Will create a better one, once I have completed the application.

No intention to start wholesaling pens (too many other big ideas)!

Not sure about fellow users but I find it unacceptable that the man that is putting in a huge amount of time to do some really cool work on the Wiimote Smoothboard doesn't have a good IR-Pen.

I just bought the parts, so PM me your postal address, and I will assemble this Low Brow tech item this weekend and post on Monday!

Benpaddlejones :)
Title: Re: IR pen gallery
Post by: TANN-MANN on July 24, 2008, 05:32:11 AM
Ben,

Couldn't agree more, Boonjin is doing amazing things and need a decent pen, i'll be testing out the new release in the classroom tomorrow, the school i'm at has just currently ordered 100 Vishay TSAL6400 LEDs and plan on putting together a heap of pens with the gifted and talented students.

I have one question, you use a rechargeable AAA, and as far as i'm aware, you were using the above diode which has a forward voltage of 2.6 and a AAA only has 1.5V. how much does it affect pen performance or have you changed diodes?
Title: Re: IR pen gallery
Post by: boonjin on July 24, 2008, 06:15:58 AM
Ben,

Couldn't agree more, Boonjin is doing amazing things and need a decent pen, i'll be testing out the new release in the classroom tomorrow, the school i'm at has just currently ordered 100 Vishay TSAL6400 LEDs and plan on putting together a heap of pens with the gifted and talented students.

I have one question, you use a rechargeable AAA, and as far as i'm aware, you were using the above diode which has a forward voltage of 2.6 and a AAA only has 1.5V. how much does it affect pen performance or have you changed diodes?

Hi,
Have you downloaded the updated version, 3.5.1. There was a bug concerning with the key presses in the presenter mode. In the updated version I have ironed out this problem.

Can't wait to get your feedback from the field test in the classroom.
:)
Title: Re: IR pen gallery
Post by: TANN-MANN on July 24, 2008, 07:07:00 AM
Boonjin,

Yes, I have downloaded the version with the bug fix, I'll be sure to give it a rigorous test tomorrow, however I still need to purchase a 2nd Wiimote for simultaneous use of smoothboard and presenter.
I'll let you know tomorrow afternoon.

Cheers
Andrew
Title: Re: IR pen gallery
Post by: benpaddlejones on July 24, 2008, 07:10:20 AM
Tann-Mann
Given Boonjin has added so many additions this version, I'm sure their are more minor bugs to be found (he already fixed the one you mentioned). I have posted a few on the Wiimote Smoothboard Post. Once we get all additions finished then when can make the Graphical User Interface more user friendly and write a detailed user manual, completing this program.

Vishay TSAL6400 have a Max 1.6v and Average 1.35v, (theoretically requires 1.6v+ source voltage and appropraite resistor) but I find 1.2v works absolutely awesome. Plus you do not need a resistor, so one less solder and part to fit in the small case. It may have a slightly shorter life as voltage drop will be quicker with drain thus becoming under charged. However, the ease of charging with my setup makes this irrelevant.

Benpaddlejones :)
Title: Re: IR pen gallery
Post by: TANN-MANN on July 25, 2008, 01:56:31 AM
Ha may bad on the TSAL6400, I just realised I ordered 100 of the semiconductors  >:(
sorry bout the mix up, thee are rated at 2.6V max and only have a 25 degree viewing angle...lucky I checked and farnell accept returns, another 100 of the correct ones are in place.

I have a few ideas similar for pens with the recharge option and will post pics when I get time
Title: Re: IR pen gallery
Post by: benpaddlejones on July 26, 2008, 09:29:52 PM
Wiimote Friends

Following Boonjin's awesome work integrating Smoothboard with the Presenter, I built an IR-Source that can be easily used in the classroom and can be easily moved.

Parts:
1x AAA Battery holder with switch
1x Vishay TSAL 6400
1x 8ohm Resistor
2x AAA 1.2v Rechargeable batteries
1x Battery

Pictures:
(http://lh6.ggpht.com/benpaddlejones/SIvboyXzkQI/AAAAAAAAAOs/j6LLGahJ04Y/s400/IMAGE_049.jpg)
(http://lh4.ggpht.com/benpaddlejones/SIvbpf3X-eI/AAAAAAAAAO0/-sf0xsveTe8/s400/IMAGE_051.jpg)
(http://lh5.ggpht.com/benpaddlejones/SIvbp_7uzwI/AAAAAAAAAO8/Y155IE3zoto/s400/IMAGE_053.jpg)

Simply soldered the IR-Led direct to switch circuit, use some araldite to hold IR-Led in place. Araldite the magnets on the base and cover it in black electrical tape to make it look professional and prevent scratches on your whiteboard.

I can know walk in the classroom, switch it on place it anywhere on the whiteboard and my presenter works a treat!

Benpaddlejones :)

Title: Re: IR pen gallery
Post by: lukasrum on January 10, 2010, 02:11:56 PM
Just wanted to show a pen I made. I don't especially know what type of ir led is inside but works well. It was taken out from an old tv remote.

cheers,
Title: Re: IR pen gallery
Post by: loslobas on January 19, 2010, 01:07:28 PM
Hello folks, I've made two so far and an IR glove. Below are my latest creations.
 :)
(http://irpenmote.files.wordpress.com/2010/01/design11.png)

(http://irpenmote.files.wordpress.com/2010/01/ir-glove.png)

My blog - http://irpenmote.wordpress.com/ (http://irpenmote.wordpress.com/)
 8) twitter @loslobas
Title: Re: IR pen gallery
Post by: infrawow on February 04, 2010, 09:43:56 PM
check out the attatchment for an incredibly well thought out IR pen.  In fact, I had a mold created so that we can have our own caps (plastic injected)  The clip doubles as the switch, just press it to the pen body to activate! see more at www.infrawow.com
Title: Re: IR pen gallery
Post by: shakespeare1212 on June 18, 2010, 08:01:20 PM
These are really neat. How do you activate the IR glove? Do you touch the silver disk I see with your other hand?