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Boon Jin

I am having the same problem also, have deleted devices and reconnected with no success.  It has connected previously, but the process appears so slow in W7; almost as if in attempting to find drivers each time it loses connection and starts again.

PS: Got a job teaching finally (paid employment is great) but no IWB's in the place I soooo need to get SB 1.6 working!


Princeton Academy,

I had the same problem, I updated .Net to 3.5 and all issues gone...

SB 1.6 is a fantastic piece of software especially Smoothconnect, that alone is worth any initial hassles.


General Discussion / Re: Competition is trying to catch up.
« on: October 23, 2009, 05:55:31 AM »
It is interesting isn't it shakespeare? Seems imitation is the greatest compliment.
Some general points
First lets assume this system tracks the pointer as well as WIWB.
1/ WIWB is wireless! People like that and pay more usually for wireless stuff. This wireless connection is seamless and rock-solid provided you use Smoothboard 1.6 and the MS stack. These guys are specifying their hardware precisely, lets compare apples with apples. Lets do the same.
2/ This one doesn't look like it annotates very well - that is a real bummer. The other one I found does but it costs $800-900AUS.
3/ Neither of them incorporate remote control of a PC and provide wireless presenter mode. The one you found only gets this functionality by bundling what looks like a standard commercial wireless PowerPoint remote. Lets see it handle Google Earth
4/ The Wiimote project has a wide range of other functions, I also would use it just for what Wiimote analyzer can do for my maths and science class, peruse the rest of the board and you'll see some interesting stuff.
I love these things though because the worst thing that can happen is it will sharpen up Promethean and SMARTech, much like the Asus netbook eeePC's have sharpened up the act of HP, Apple, Dell etc...
Bring it on.

Personally I am rapidly starting to get over ST Notebook software, its layout and drawing tools are appalling, it has little capacity to preserve and reuse formatting styles, and as a presentation tool it is sooo Office 95.

MS Powerpoint and OO Presentations are a heap better in that respect. MS Onenote is a league better for collecting research, lesson materials and other digital paraphernalia and organising them.

Now if only those two packages could integrate flash media natively (yes I know about the developer ribbon, that is NOT natively) I wouldn't even bother having ST Notebook installed on my PC.

ST Notebook is a weak addon to an expensive technology.


Wiimote Interactive Whiteboard / Looks like a Wiimote board to me
« on: October 16, 2009, 01:21:14 AM »
Have a look at

This is being offered for $800AUS

It looks like a IR camera, pen and wand kit.

They only need to drop the price by $700... ;D


Wiimote Interactive Whiteboard / Re: what kind of projector
« on: October 04, 2009, 10:45:04 PM »
Just recently bought a 1.2 x 2.4m piece of Perspex for $40.

This is sufficient to cover and protect pretty much any screen.

The tip I got was ask sign writers where they get their Perspex from, and roll up with the right $ in cash.


IR Pens / Re: IR Pen problem??
« on: September 28, 2009, 06:55:39 PM »
My initial mistakes were;

1/ Believing I could get it to work with a weak LED
2/ I made my own pen which did not have the LED fully exposed
3/ If you made your own pen, is the right voltage battery used for the LED to get maximal brightness?
4/ Remember that you may have to set the wiimote back sufficiently to "see" the whole screen check out

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IR Pens / Re: "The Groove" by IRPensOnline
« on: September 25, 2009, 08:42:56 PM »

LED's can take a lot of punishment.

I made myself a pen out of the kids UV marker toys(, however too much of the LED was encased inside the pen. Simple I thought, get a Stanley knife and cut some of the end off to expose the LED. Woops

I slipped and cut about 1/3 of the end of the LED off. IT STILL WORKS!!!

I am guessing that unless you expose the electrode or get pretty close it is OK

IR Pens / Re: "The Groove" by IRPensOnline
« on: September 25, 2009, 06:53:55 AM »
Ordered the "Groove" on Wednesday night, received it in Melbourne Australia following Tuesday afternoon, well packaged and ready to work straight out of the box...

I echo the comments above, it is easy to use and years 7 & 8 took to it intuitively. My only criticism is the battery hatch is a bit hard to undo (I need to jamb a key into mine to get it open). In every other respect it is well worth the close to $40AUD I paid for it. The combination of Smoothboard 1.6 and this pen make this project the equal of any commercial whiteboard.

Love your work Tino... ;D

Bluetooth & Connectivity Help Center / Re: Not sure WHAT the problem is...
« on: September 17, 2009, 06:24:05 PM »

You've made sure the batteries are fresh in your Wiimote?

I had merry hell until I realised the number of flashing LED's indicated battery status, and I was constantly losing sync. The indications of battery status are, in my experience, not really accurate in Smoothboard.


IR Pens / Re: simple fix for ir pens
« on: September 12, 2009, 10:09:52 PM »

I have noticed a similar phenomena myself by accident.

I have been experimenting with a home made pen using a weaker LED (only half the forward current of the Vishay LED). In a recent trial using a large screen it bummed out and lost tracking in a big way, there was a series of broken lines when I tried to draw with Smoothboard's annotate features. I turned the pen around and used it backward - result = perfect tracking.

I have used the same pen with a rear projection system, (dodgy job - grease-proof paper behind the sliding door of a lab fume hood). Again - result = perfect tracking.

We should logically be either putting the sensor on the other side of the screen (rear projection) or transmitting our signal in the right direction for the sensor - backward. My feeling is rear projection is the best way to go, as you also remove the shadowing effect of the user standing between the wiimote and IR source.

I too look forward to your pics.


Wiimote Smoothboard / Re: Smoothboard 1.6 with SmoothConnect
« on: September 12, 2009, 04:22:50 AM »
I loooooove smoothconnect, top work Boonjin.

I started SB 1.6 and heard my son yelling from the other end of the house, when I came back (2 min later) I found it connected (both wiimotes) and ready to go.

Courtesty of this software the wiimote / smoothboard combination is now the equal of any commercial whiteboard

Look Mum, no hands!

Wiimote Interactive Whiteboard / Re: Rear projector screen
« on: August 19, 2009, 05:12:51 AM »

I echo Ben's comments, the instructable is very interesting, I am interested in persuing somthing with a hard surface though. Have you tried using perspex sheets? I have seen some discussion of this being used in some dj/vj forums...


Wiimote Interactive Whiteboard / Re: Whiteborad and Multitouch
« on: August 11, 2009, 05:33:07 AM »
Eric, I would be interested to see what you come up with on the rear projection idea, I have had some success with greaseproof paper on the back of a Perspex sliding door of a fume hood in the science lab. Something I learnt from a post here...

I would love to explore the idea of some cheap voting system, the first thought that pops to mind is some cheap old PDAs on a wireless router, just need to find some old PDAs somewhere....   Junk yard here I come...


Wiimote Interactive Whiteboard / Re: Seeking IR pen help
« on: August 11, 2009, 04:38:24 AM »
Has anyone tried "the groove" and be willing to review it?

It looks like it might be suitable, and I am interested in what it is like for general use?

Thanks in anticipation

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