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how about this for an idea (it is more hardware based but might still work):
NOTE: this is all theory as i have not tested it yet.  i am just putting the idea out there

take a mini mouse like the ones people use for their laptop while travelling take out the board(s) and insert them into a largish marker case. you would need to remove the LED that is used for tracking replace it with an IR LED and move it to the tip. with a little further modification you can have all of your standard mouse buttons (Left, Right, and Middle Wheel) all at your finger tips on the pen. this way the plug and play drivers for most all mice and even the specific drivers for the mouse you use can control Left Click, Right Click, and even Scroll Wheel. From here all that is needed is a modification of atomriot's program that only moves the cursor.

as i have not tested this yet i do not know how well this will work and the biggest problem i forsee will come from calibration (although this also stems from the fact that all of what i stated is theory as i have not yet used any of the software yet) because what i have seen so far is that you have to blink the LED ad each of the four points.


Im messing around with this idea now. It seems much more practical because you wouldnt need a wiimote and there would be much less connection compatibility issues. The problem, like you said, is calibration. I messed around with just using a mouse on top of a computer screen. The cursor moves much faster than the mouse, with my settings, but with some tweaking, its easy to get the cursor to move exactly with the mouse. Its easy to draw with and use just like you would use the IR pen/wiimote. Im still trying to take off certain parts of the mouse and fit it into a pen.

All in all, I think this is a much better solution for a projected whiteboard than using a wiimote, but I could be missing something, that seems to happen a lot.

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IR Pens / Re: Prebuilt IR pen light found.
« on: February 16, 2008, 10:15:12 PM »
If you open up a regular 9V battery, there are 6 AAAA's inside.  I don't think they have a protective type cover around them so I am not sure what kind of threat they would pose, such as corrosion.  But it could be a cheaper alternative.......


thats only certain brands, if you know the specific brand that does it, thats cool, but most brands dont do that.

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Wiimote Interactive Whiteboard / Re: Possible to use 2 wiimotes?
« on: February 11, 2008, 10:03:35 PM »
any chance you could put that code up? because that could be really helpful.

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Wiimote Interactive Whiteboard / Re: Java Version, developed under Mac OS X
« on: February 08, 2008, 07:46:50 PM »
Now I am having problems running it on windows. It gets stuck at the "hold 1 and 2" window. I assume this is because the program isnt properly connecting to the bluetooth stack.

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In that case, theoretically it would work. The hardest part would the actual calibrating part, because you wont know where the dots for calibrating are. Once you have successfully calibrated the wiimote, you would just move the led pen in the air and the mouse would move on the screen. Also another thing to think about is the fact that when the wiimote sees the led, it interprets that as a right click. So you are just going to be right clicking all over the place.
Usually when you are doing the wii whiteboard, you only have the LED on when you want to right click. But in your idea, if you did that, you wouldnt know where the mouse is because the wiimote couldnt see it.

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If you had no screen how would you know where you are clicking? Yes the wiimote will see where your led is in space but you wont know where you are clicking or what you are clicking

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The wiimote picks up 2 IR blobs when you're holding the pen at certain angles. That would mean unexpected/wanted clicks. That's why everyone is talking about this flashing;)

Would there be a way to eliminate getting multiple signals from a single LED? Because the idea of this is simplicity right? Having to get a blinking led that blinks at a certain speed at certain times doesnt seem simple to me, fun to mess with sure, but not simple. I would think a filter or higher powered LED would help eliminate getting multiple signals.

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Wiimote Interactive Whiteboard / Re: Java Version, developed under Mac OS X
« on: February 08, 2008, 08:31:09 AM »
Im using a normal macbook and it works fine. I dont know if the bluetooth is different between the macbook and macbook pro. But if you say that your mouse doesnt work more than 3 feet away I think you are right that the bluetooth is probably pretty jacked

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Ok, Ive been reading through all the posts and maybe I am mis-understanding something, but wouldnt the easiest way to get a right click just to be with another led. No flashing or anything like that but essentially you just need two IR pens or just a second led somewhere. The wiimote just sees dots of IR light right? So if it sees one dot its a left click if it sees two its a right click?

I think thats pretty simple and I don't see why it wouldn't work.

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Wiimote Interactive Whiteboard / Re: Java Version, developed under Mac OS X
« on: February 05, 2008, 10:07:37 PM »
Im using the Bluesoleil stack, it was the default stack with my adapter.

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Wiimote Interactive Whiteboard / Re: Java Version, developed under Mac OS X
« on: February 05, 2008, 07:05:58 PM »
I used a radioshack IR led, and it worked just fine. When you say "no dots" what do you mean? Do you mean the lights on the wiimote or dots on the screen?

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Wiimote Interactive Whiteboard / Re: Java Version, developed under Mac OS X
« on: February 05, 2008, 05:04:57 PM »
Ive been messing with your program on Mac and PC. I have it working well on both. On both XP and Leopard, it's more receptive and sensitive than the original wiimote whiteboard. I have yet to find any major flaws in it. Good work.
Since you havent gotten it to work on pc, if you want me to check anything or elaborate, just let me know

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Wiimote Interactive Whiteboard / Re: Possible to use 2 wiimotes?
« on: February 04, 2008, 05:32:08 PM »
An error occurs. :-[ But maybe someone could fix that, because using two wiimotes would be helpful

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Wiimote Finger Tracking / Re: Minority Report
« on: February 03, 2008, 12:49:54 AM »
How do you turn the LEDs on your fingers on and off?

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Wiimote Interactive Whiteboard / Re: Possible to use 2 wiimotes?
« on: February 02, 2008, 05:58:43 PM »
I would assume so. The program says wiimote (A), so I would think that you could easily have a wiimote (B). Youd probably have to calibrate each wiimote individually. As long as you dont move the wiimotes it should work. I'll try using 2 wiimotes soon and see if it works well.

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