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Offline cortay

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Reply #15 on: September 01, 2008, 07:33:22 PM
Check out  They have many IR pens for sale now.

Offline jmatson

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Reply #16 on: September 02, 2008, 06:24:08 PM
If anyone is interested I am offering to build pens for this initiative.  I'm selling these for 19.95 plus shipping and handling and I am located in Rochester, NY.

Our pens include the following specifications:

  • Refurbished Whiteboard/Highlighter markers
  • TSAL6400 LED
  • 5 mm surface mount tact switch (.25mm travel)
  • 12V battery
  • Size "N" holder
  • 120 ohm 2 watt resistor (for 100 ma current - LED Calculator)

The button is designed to be used by your index finger, or your thumb.  You can contact me through my site if you would like.
Tino Agnitti
Rochester, NY
Not tryin' to get rich, just tryin' to pay for my expensive hobby :)

I have made 5 pens and bought pens from 3 different suppliers in this forum.  However, this pen is by far the best!  I highly recommend this pen and seller.  My pens have always worked, however, the other two I bought only worked well from a distance of about 3 feet away from the wiimote.  As a teacher using a projector, this is very unfeasible.  Pens that do not use at least an "n" size battery simply do not supply the amperage to work properly on anything aside from acting as a stylus with your computer.  Your lines will be dashed or "blocky" when writing with the pen.  To test this, video record a pen with an "N" or "AA" battery next to the LED of one with smaller batteries.  You will see a big difference in the light intensity. 

This seller, Tino, sent me a pen which I received only a few days after ordering.  He then took the time to call me and collaborate with several emails about the best way to implement it in my situation.  He even sent me another pen for free which he altered to meet the needs of my situation!

Next to Boonjin's software, this pen is the next best thing to hit the forum.  A+++  The button is small and easy to compress and the LED is nicely glued into the end of the marker.  This pen looks nice as you can see, however, it is not as "pretty" as some of the other ones.  But this one definitely definitely performs the best.  And after all, with this product, functionality is everything.  My school district will be using this seller whenever we buy additional pens. 

Site moderators - Is there a way that someone can create a topic at the top of the "Pens" forum in which suppliers can post their sites.  This way people don't have to filter through all the other topics if they want to find a pen to buy and everything can be in one simple location.  I think the lack of good pens being sold is one major reason the wiimote project has not taken off with even more people.  The pen is really the only thing aside from a wiimote that one needs to purchase or create.  Also, it would be great to have a topic in the whiteboard forum that always had a link to Boonjin's latest software.


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Reply #17 on: September 02, 2008, 11:55:18 PM
I didn't have to solder, I just used a hot glue gun and its worked.