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Wiimote Interactive Whiteboard / Re: A wii replacment??????
« on: January 15, 2008, 06:57:08 PM »
Good sales pitch gabort.

Some laptops come with S-video (little round multi-pin port) and a dongle to convert that to Audio Video plugs (standard for most other video devices and standard inputs to most newer TVs).  Short of that you can get PC cards that will do TV out.

I am in agreement with the camp that says to have 2 IR LEDs on one pen would end up looking like a single light.  Even if you were to angle them, I don't think you could get enough separation to distinguish 2 separate blobs.  But let's say, theoretically, that you could get the IR LEDs to direct their light such that you could get this 20% separation at a given distance away from the IR sensor.  You could potentially go further away that this distance, but you could not come closer since your separation would decrees to less that 20%.  At any angle, the further away you are from the source, the further the distance the projections would be from each other at the target.  The closer you are the closer the projections are to each other.  This would limit the usabilty to a given distance.

I know it is neat to have these theoretical discussions and try to find new and creative ways to do thing to try to circumvent the laws of physics and mathematics, but it is always best to keep things simple.  When you have tools at your disposal that can do the job (a second Wii controller connected via Bluetooth or the new wireless nunchuck) that aren't restricted by the problems faced using a sencond LED, why not use them?

Bluetooth & Connectivity Help Center / Re: Bluetooth Adapter
« on: January 10, 2008, 07:21:57 PM »
I used the build in Bluetooth adaper and the ConfigFree software that came preinstalled on my Toshiba Tecra running Windows XP Professional.

I have only just read through this topic and haven't done any research into it so correct me if I'm not following this correctly.  The basic challenge here is to find a way to add right click functionality to the white board.  So far, I have seen a lot of solutions that utilize additional LEDs to accomplish this.  My question is, could this also not be accomplished by using a second wiimote?  It has the button to utilize and it is not dependent on the first wiimote picking up the signal as it is tied directly to the Wii base unit via Bluetooth.

Just a thought.

Say Hi! / Re: Weck saying Hi
« on: January 10, 2008, 12:22:18 AM »
After browsing awhile, I've got another suggestion.  Does SMF allow for pinning topics so they don't get shoved down the list as the forum section fills up?  It would be good to have topics like "Welcome to the new" and "Why I Built This Site" pinned so they are right there for newcomers to read.

Say Hi! / Re: Weck saying Hi
« on: January 10, 2008, 12:05:30 AM »
Hey Dice,

One thing that comes to mind that would be a nice function to have is a 'Today's Active Topics' link.  If you check out the EW forum, there a link below all the topics in the middle that brings up the topics that have had posts in the past 24 hours.  It's a great way to keep up with recent conversations.  The 'Show Unread Posts' only shows the latest topics once and once you read them, they no longer appear on the list.

Wiimote Gaming & Flash Gaming Projects / Re: Beyond Headtracking?
« on: January 09, 2008, 11:57:07 PM »
I think you said it all.  Very well put.  This is a thumbnail scratch on technology that will be the way games are played in the future.

Say Hi! / Re: Weck saying Hi
« on: January 09, 2008, 11:49:20 PM »
Will do.  I ran a forum for a Jedi Academy clan (Elite Warriors {EW}: if you'd like to check it out) I was actively involved in a few years ago.  The current administrators have taken it and expanded it greatly, adding a ton of functionality to it and making the topic organization more user friendly.  I still keep in touch with the clan although real world responsiblities have replaced a lot of my game time.  I'll see if the current administrators have any good ideas.

Say Hi! / Weck saying Hi
« on: January 09, 2008, 11:32:28 PM »
Hello everyone,

Just getting registered to keep up on the latest news.  Thank you, Dice, for putting together this forum.  I'm much more comfortable in forums than I am with blogging.  This just feels more natural (LOL).

I'm an electrical engineer and work as a systems integrator.  We just got a Wii this past Christmas and it's a great little device.  When my wife's uncle e-mailed me the video about the VR head tracking I just had to try it out.  My current laptop doesn't have S-video, but even trying it on the monitor was smooth.  This is definitely a technology that must be explored and employed.

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