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IR Pens / Sabre, by
« on: June 22, 2010, 07:39:48 AM » is proud to announce the "Sabre", push button Infrared Pen.  

The button is activated with the forefinger or thumb and has been designed to give maximum feedback to the user.  Powered by a AA battery, we have been able to increase the battery life by 300% from our AAA solution.  A detachable neck lanyard option is also available in black or glow in the dark.

$14.95 + s/h

*does not have a tip switch

Accessories / "The Spot", by IRPensOnline
« on: December 05, 2008, 07:48:24 PM »
IRPensOnline is proud to present, "The Spot".  "The Spot" is a wiimote attachment designed to allow easy use of existing tripods and mini tripods that use a 1/4" screw.  Screw "The Spot" onto a standard or mini tripod (1/4"-20 thread) and clip in your wiimote.

Nintendo designed those side grooves for future attachments.  We figured why not take advantage of it. If you look closely at the image to the left you will see where the two push outs slide into the side channels of the wiimote.  This attachment "hugs" the groove to allow you to take advantage of the pivot and height capabilities of a standard tripod.

Price: 14.95 + s/h
5.00 off to existing IRPensOnline customers (or with the bundle pack)
This is a pre-order item we are just about to finish up our first production run

We will ship internationally, please send me an email at [email protected] for details regarding international orders.  If you are interested in becoming a distributor I am looking for an organization or individual in Middle East, Australia, and Europe that can help with distribution.

IR Pens / "The Groove" by IRPensOnline
« on: November 24, 2008, 08:15:48 AM »
We've completed our modifications for The GrooveTM 1.5 and have made a few updates.

1.) We have adjusted the casing to allow more movement of the red button.  The result is a lighter red button that is easier to press.
2.) We've switched to a better battery holder that wraps around the battery slightly holding it in place should you accidentally drop The GrooveTM.
3.) We have redesigned the board utilizing a better switch, as a result our tip also requires less force to operate.

One thing I thought worth mentioning is that the tip of "The GrooveTM" was designed for use on hard smooth surfaces that can withstand an LED being pressed and dragged against it.  We really hadn't considered it for LCD display applications as it could potentially scratch the surface of the screen.  Ideally "The GrooveTM" should be used on a whiteboard, a wall (painted perhaps), or a table.  If you are using it with an LCD display we would recommend picking up a piece of thin acrylic (1/8") to place over the front of your monitor.  This will give you a better hard surface to write against and will protect your screen.

Thank all of you that support the wiimote project each day.  Through your advice, counsel, and feedback, we are able to continually improve our products.  Please keep the feedback flowing!  Our goal at IRPensOnline is to build the ultimate ir pen, we've taken another baby step, but we'll need your help to take us further.


Cost: 29.95 + S/H will ship internationally (send an email for details)

IR Pens / IR Pens from
« on: September 22, 2008, 08:14:03 AM »
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)
  • AAA battery
  • "AAA" holder
  • Vinyl End Cap for easy battery replacement

Domestic USA: Shipping and Handling = $4.00
Will ship internationally, but pricing depends on location.  Please call, or email with any questions.

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.

I donate a portion of each pen sold to Boon Jin and his work on the Smoothboard.

Works with
Tino Agnitti
Rochester, NY

IR Pens / offers a Whiteboard marker trade-up!
« on: September 16, 2008, 04:39:53 PM »
Hi everyone,

I wanted to thank all of you that have purchased pens from our site.  We now have pens in 10 states and 4 countries!

I ran out of whiteboard marker casings :).  I initially thought 100 casings would be plenty, but quickly realized how many people are interested in this project.  For a limited time I am offering a trade-in plan for educators.

If you send me 30 dead whiteboard markers I will send you 1 completed IR Pen with the following specifications:

1.) Vishay TSAL6400
2.) 5mm momentary switch
3.) AAA battery holder
4.) AAA battery

This deal is limited to 2 IR Pens per school (60 donated whiteboard casings), and will expire once I reach my goal of 300 casings.  Please send an email to [email protected] for more details.



Say Hi! / Hello from Rochester, NY!
« on: August 13, 2008, 03:01:44 PM »
Hi Everyone,

My name is Tino Agnitti and I am currently a Solutions Consultant with netsmartz, llc.  I am based out of Rochester, NY and have a BS in Management Information Systems from  I work with the e-learning group developing custom online courses and customized LMS solutions.

For those of you that want to order an IR pen, I put up a site

It is a pleasure to meet you all.  I'd like to take a few minutes to explain where your dollars go if you were to buy a pen from me.

I have completed the pcb and the first 3 IR Pen prototypes using an oscillating circuit (555 timer) and 2 buttons.  My design allows for an adjustment between 69ms on, 69 ms off, to 0/0 if you want.  I have included a potentiometer (variable resistor with a screw to adjust the frequency).  This is still in a proof of concept phase, but I have been able to fit everything inside the pen including the battery (pcb = 1.3 x 5 cm).  The hardware is complete and available for sale if any of you guys want to do some experimenting with a pulsing ir pen.  My hope was that initially this can be used for a right click detection.  After thinking about it more, and reading a bit more on others looking to implement this type of thing, I realized this concept could be taken further.

I am currently working to create a USB IR Receiver to be used in conjuction with the wiimote.  The idea would be to use these frequencies to "ID" the pens so that different colors can be used by users at the same time.  Smartboards currently only allow a single user to interact with the board.  They actually determine which color you are using by deduction; If blue, red, yellow are on the tray, you must be using the green pen.  My hope is that the IR receiver will help the application understand which pen is which and allow a more engaging activity.

In addition to this concept I am working to develop a portable rear projection display.  I am very excited to see that Boon Jin has been able to include multiple wiimote tracking in his current application.  As we approach multiple participants on the board we may introduce "blocking" as one person may block the camera view (even with multiple cameras).  Ultimately any multi-person, multi-touch display needs to use a rear projection technology to avoid this challenge.  I am currently working with a few materials to create a collapsible/portable rear projection display.

The proceeds from an IR pen purchase go towards additional research in the hardware we can use to make the classroom experience even more engaging.

Thanks, and I look forward to collaborating with you all!

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