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IR Pens / Re: built IR pen! works beautifully! except..
« on: December 30, 2010, 02:27:35 PM »
Congratulations on getting a step closer! However, just because the wimote registers your led doesn't mean it will work very well with it. Any, or all, of wavelength, viewing angle, or intensity, will almost certainly be far from optimal. There are other leds that work perfectly with the system, but unless you know exactly what you are doing, Boon Jin's advice is the way to go. Good luck with your experimenting.

Regards

Dave
3P Interact Ltd
www.3pinteract.co.nz

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Hi, we stopped supplying this model of dongle as the quality is very variable (cheap does not always equal reliable (-:. It is almost certainly a dud one.

Dave
3Pi
www.3pinteract.co.nz

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General Discussion / Re: Supplies for Fixing and/or Replacements
« on: January 11, 2010, 07:52:03 PM »
Hi Phillid,

Our current pens use one alkaline AAA which is included.
Please email us if you want more information.

Regards
Dave
Email: [email protected]
Web:  www.3pinteract.co.nz

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General Discussion / Re: Supplies for Fixing and/or Replacements
« on: January 10, 2010, 08:33:47 PM »
Hi there Phillid,

Welcome to the forum! It sounds like you are pretty confident with what you're doing, but have a look at the For Sale section of the site for options in buying pens, etc. There is plenty of choice.
As far as I know 3P Interact are the only NZ based  specialists in this adventure.
We are happy to help with advice if you need it. Which part of NZ are you in?

Regards

Dave Armstrong
3P Interact Ltd
www.3pinteract.co.nz

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Bluetooth & Connectivity Help Center / Re: Mouse is jumping around
« on: November 22, 2009, 01:14:15 AM »
Unlikely, as the remote only transmits infrared light when someone is using it.
The easiest way to check whether ir light is the problem is to check the SmoothBoard
calibration assistant as mentioned.

Dave
3P Interact Ltd
www.3pinteract.co.nz

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Bluetooth & Connectivity Help Center / Re: Mouse is jumping around
« on: November 21, 2009, 10:08:23 PM »
Hi there, without any other information to go on, I'd say it sounds like a classic case of stray infrared light confusing the wiimote.

To confirm, check the calibration assistant in SmoothBoard. If there are IR dots showing, but you are not using your pen, it means that some other IR source is present. Has the sun moved around to a new position, or have you turned on lights that were previously off when your system worked well?

You have two options to try:
1. Remove/reduce the stray infrared light (curtains/turn lights off)
2. Use the SmoothBoard control panel to reduce the wiimote's sensitivity.

Let us know how you get on.

Regards
Dave
3P Interact Ltd
www.3pinteract.co.nz

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Wiimote Interactive Whiteboard / Re: wiimote goes crazy...
« on: November 12, 2009, 03:49:34 PM »
It will probably be where you have placed the notebook. If there is a window behind/above it the wiimote will be getting stray infrared from the sun. If you don't use SmoothBoard (which lets you check for stray ir as mentioned), just place the notebook against a wall without windows and try again, or pull a curtain. We (3Pi) used to call this "crazy mouse" before we had Boon Jin's software to check!
See our blog entry - http://3pinteract.blogspot.com/2009/09/cursor-jumping-around.html

Dave
3P Interact Ltd
ww.3pinteract.co.nz

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Wiimote Interactive Whiteboard / Re: wiimote goes crazy...
« on: November 12, 2009, 02:47:19 PM »
A couple of suggestions:

1. The wiimote is now picking up stray infrared light. Is the sun coming from a different direction? Have you turned on more lights? If you are using SmoothBoard, you can check to see if this is the problem by looking at the calibration assistant screen. There should be no IR dots when your pen is not being clicked. If the cursor is really jumping around and perhaps windows are starting up by themselves, this is probably the issue.
There are two fixes if this is the problem. Pull some curtains or , if using SmoothBoard software, turn down the wiimotes sensitivity in its control panel.

2. The pen is defective and has become permanently 'on'. This is less likely, but can be very simply checked by looking at the end of your pen through a digital camera. You should only see a light when you activate it.

Let us know how you get on.

Dave
3P Interact Ltd
www.3pinteract.co.nz

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Wiimote Smoothboard / Re: Changed computers licence key invalid
« on: October 09, 2009, 03:03:22 PM »
John,
SmoothBoard is currently licenced for a particular computer. You will have to contact the SmoothBoard team ([email protected] ) to have them unlock it for your new computer.

Dave
3P Interact Ltd
www.3pinteract.co.nz

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Hi, we are going to have to come to a decision about this, as it has come up a few times recently.
I will get back to you by the end of the week.
Dave
3P Interact Ltd
www.3pinteract.co.nz

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Wiimote Interactive Whiteboard / Re: Schoolwide Implementation Problem?
« on: September 14, 2009, 04:13:01 PM »
Boon Jin's latest version of SmoothBoard software has the capability to learn a particular wiimote and only look for that one - very handy in a multiple wiimote situation. Our permanent classroom hardware solution only keeps the wiimote in discoverable mode for 20 seconds which avoids picking up the wrong wiimote too.
Dave
www.3pinteract.co.nz
www.3pinteract.blogspot.com

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Hi All
3P Interact are now supplying a complete remote mounting system for the wiimote. It consists of a high quality data projector mount, a clip in power adapter with built in mount thread and a remote syncing button.

The insert is something we have been developing for a considerable time. It clips in where the battery cover on the wiimote normally goes and an ac/dc adapter is plugged directly into it. It handles a wide range of voltages and regulates the current supplied to a steady 2.9vdc (which the wiimotes like).

The remote syncing button plugs into the mount wiring harness and allows the user to put the wiimote into 'discoverable' mode remotely (the button is supplied with a 10m extension cable).

There is no physical interference with the wiimote itself except for the removal of the battery cover (which could be refitted if the user wanted at a future time).
All three items are supplied as part of our Classroom Kit which is a professional solution aimed at permanent classroom setups. Have a look at www.3pinteract.co.nz and http://3pinteract.blogspot.com/
Regards

Dave, Rob, Steve
3P Interact Ltd

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Hi guys - it can be done 'professionally'. I'll add a post to the for sale section so as not to hijack this thread for commercial purposes. What I'm talking about briefly is a mount that looks good anywhere, a clip in insert for permanent mains power and a remote synching button. The insert is regulated and contains protection for the wiimote.
Dave
www.3pinteract.co.nz

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General Hardware Talk / Re: Startup power to WiiMote
« on: August 20, 2009, 05:11:24 AM »
The only problem that we know of is that it keeps the wiimote permanently in "discoverable" mode. This can become an issue if there is more than one wiimote within range of your computers Bluetooth - e.g. in an adjacent classroom. It can be very confusing!
Dave
www.3pinteract.co.nz

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Project Ideas / Re: Syncing with a Permanently Mounted WiiMote
« on: August 13, 2009, 02:47:57 PM »
Hi All,

The 3Pi team have done this already.
We have a total package solution that includes a purpose built mains power unit, a mount for data projectors and a remote syncing button. Once installed, the user only has to press the sync button and start their software.
We have been quietly filtering this tech out into the educational world and haven't made it too public as we have only just started to scale up production, but we couldn't ignore this thread any longer! For an idea of what we are talking about see www.3pinteract.co.nz  . Yes it is a commercial offering and yes it is professional.
(Mods, I apologise if this post is seen as advertising - but there seems to be a lot of interest in this topic.)

Regards
Dave
3Pi

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