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Wiimote Interactive Whiteboard / Schoolwide Implementation Problem?
« on: May 20, 2009, 10:38:41 AM »
I'm reasonably happy with my classroom system.  I'm still working on a permanent wall-mount, but so far I've got nice 3V power from the wall into the WiiMote (so no batteries), and I've taped over buttons 1 & 2 so that the WiiMote is discoverable for the first 20 seconds it has power.  I've even purchased a remote AC switch so I can turn the power to the WiiMote on and off from the front of the room.

So I'm feeling pretty good about the WiiMote in my classroom, and I'm ready to share the wealth with my peers.

But if their WiiMotes go into discoverable mode while my laptop is open . . . won't my computer have as much chance as theirs of pairing with it?

I'm using the only Mac-friendly software I know about for connecting with the WiiMote (from http://www.uweschmidt.org/wiimote-whiteboard).  Problem is, it is always in "searching" mode.  Is that similar for PC users?  If it's always going to try and pair with any WiiMote in range, then that spells major trouble for a school implementation.  I've seen the threads where folks are trying for permanent pairing, but that seems to be stalled for now.  Hmm.  Any thoughts?

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Project Ideas / Syncing with a Permanently Mounted WiiMote
« on: May 05, 2009, 01:49:03 PM »
I have thought through my approach to the mounting and AC/DC powering (thanks to many forum posts), and now I confront the challenge of syncing WiiMote to laptop when you can't get to the buttons.  I've appreciated the creative approaches I've read about involving fishingline and yardsticks, but though I'm the kind of guy who would think that's a cool way to solve the problem, I can't sell the idea to a school full of teachers when it involves "creative" workarounds.

So imagine with me here for a minute.  The wiimote itself is inaccessible (on purpose--we teach middle schoolers).  It is powered from an AC source that is accessible.  What needs to be happening (and in what sequence) in order for the laptop to sync each morning and stay synced until the laptop closes or powers off?  What needed to be done to the WiiMote before it became inaccessible--depress the red sync button, tape down buttons 1 & 2, etc?

~Tim in Central Oregon
www.edtech2020.com


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