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IR Pens / Re: 120 wide angleLED
« on: April 14, 2008, 09:26:40 AM »
inio, sorry for the delay in the reply. i was hoping the wide angle would allow the wii mote to better detect the led when the led was pressed against a board with the wiimote placed behind you. i unfortunately have gotten really busy with school and work and havent had a lot of time to even finish building my first pen. i do appreciate the links though. i will definitely have to look into those leds. thanks again

General Hardware Talk / Re: Sources for reflective tape
« on: March 21, 2008, 05:59:17 PM »
sorry, but i have no idea. I'm still actually trying to get a usb bluetooth adapter that will work with jcl's programs. i'm very, very new to all the going's on with the wiimote, but i've been looking around for possible sources of everything needed.

IR Pens / Re: Pressure sensative "real" IR pen
« on: March 21, 2008, 11:16:08 AM »
i've been thinking about doing something very similar. my idea however involves using the mechanism already contained within a "click" pen. the pen would essentially be held backwards with the led mounted in or on the clicker part. one benefit, if it can be seen as one, would be the possibly of having a light that could stay one if so desired (by clicking the pen) or only on when pressure is applied. i'm not very good electronically, so i haven't figured out an exact design, but it shouldn't be too difficult. i have screwed around while holding a pen backwards and the usually pressure applied when writing is sufficient to depress the clicker, but not enough to fully click the pen. if you have any ideas, please let me know. also, if you can think of or notice a pen big enough to hold at least 1AAA battery, let me know. thanks

IR Pens / Re: Microswitches
« on: March 20, 2008, 07:38:56 PM »
when i was looking at radio shack for switches, i found some really small micro momentary switches at radio shack. the ones i noticed were called tact switches. look up product# 275-004 (only 6.2mmx6.2mm), product 275-002 is a little thicker (5mm) but has the same foot print, and product 275-1547. i hope this helps. i'm in the process of trying to make my first pen also. let me know how your pens is coming along.

General Hardware Talk / Re: Sources for reflective tape
« on: March 20, 2008, 02:21:30 PM »
is this what you've tried? ace hardware also has this in their automotive section.

IR Pens / 120 wide angleLED
« on: March 20, 2008, 02:08:53 PM »
this is my first post. just trying to get my mind around everything that's possible with the wiimote. i've been looking around for leds and came across this site which some of you may already know about. they have 120 ir leds, and they run at 50mA. however, they are $3.38 each just wanted to make sure i've contributed to the site since i am super inexperienced electronic-wise and will probably be bugging a few of you for answers to really stupid questions. i hope this is helpful.

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