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I have made a quick guide detailing my experience with the wii whiteboard.

I am in Los Angeles but I assume that the parts numbers are going to be the same at other Radio Shacks. If anyone does follow this guide and finds other numbers for the same parts let me know and I can include that information.  Also, if anyone has a vastly different experience with these parts or this guide fails for them also let me know.

Thanks everyone for all the work you've put into this and the help I've received from this forum. 


Wiimote Interactive Whiteboard / Plasma Screen T.V. vs. Projector
« on: June 14, 2008, 05:08:44 PM »
Greetings - first post here.  Love you guys  ;)

FYI - I have created two Light pens from Radio Shack parts (Using the AA battery holder [Catalog #: 270-401], the I.R. Led they offer [Catalog #: 276-143], one with this button switch [Catalog #: 275-1547], and one with the rolling switch [Catalog #: 275-017]. I like the roller switch better, the button takes more pressure which can start to hurt the finger tip after a while.

Using the pens on the plasma is terrible. I actually have to turn them around backwards, then they work a charm.  I made a nasty looking pen from a battery, LED, and switch and taped the whole mess together in the smallest bundle possible with the LED facing backwards. This ugly little guy makes the best plasma light pen, but you aren't going to impress anyone with it.

I figured that I just needed to get a better LED, but I grabbed a nice projector from work and brought it home to test it out.  Imagine my surprise when the pens worked perfectly!  I mean, super accurately, like you would expect from a commercial setup (save the fact that the pens are red and blue Marks-a-Lot ;) ).

I would like to know if this is expected behavior AND if a LED upgrade would fix the plasma scene (the upgrade is going to be like 10 bucks because I have to have the little guys shipped and shipping costs 21 times the cost of the LED...).

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