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Offline wiipenmaker

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on: January 15, 2009, 07:09:09 PM
I have found that many of these pens that people are making have a push button switch. Can anyone think of a way to modify this for a special ed student who likes to work the pen but is having trouble with pushing the switch button.

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Reply #1 on: January 15, 2009, 09:18:17 PM
wiipenmaker
It would depend on their specific needs.

I see the potential issues as:
- Fine motor skill in accessing small switch
- Complex motor skill in holding IR-pen and pressing switch
- Anatomical complexity that prevent normal IR-pen holding
- Maintaining muscular tone to grip IR-Pen narrow body pen
- Manintaining muscular tone for a length of time
- Reaching IWB from wheelchair
(Worth talking to a Special populations teacher for more advice)

Potential solutions:
- Presure sensitive nib swtich (look at what other are already doing)
- Short fat pen body (can be held vice grip, normal and grasping end)
- Squeeze pen, so the button is effectively the length of the pen body. The user just applies additional pressure to illuminate the IR-led
- Wand IR-Pen

I think the IR-Pen is not the only issue, a think a seated postion using a 'desk display' would provide the most functionality. It is common for individuals to feel most comfortable on the floor becuase they can position themselves as they need, so interacting with a display on the floor or desk would provide a unique experience.

I would suggets this requires more research and testing But the information would be highly valued by all.

I had never thought of these issues until I watched an employee at my work who has Muscular Dystrophy use a Panaboard. I had never realised how little effort has been made by the commercial manufacturers to cater for special needs populations (but then the IWB was originally a business focused products that turned out better in education).

Your the wiipenmaker, I'm excited to see what you can make?

benpaddlejones :)

p.s. While ago a member joined the forum for this very reason he left something in the Say Hi thread maybe worth tracking him down.
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Reply #2 on: January 16, 2009, 08:21:13 PM
wiipenmaker
I'm currently making a super wiki about Wiimote Interactive Whiteboards so doing a lot of typing and researching. I felt the need to do something so I did!

Here is my IR-Wand:





Based on my rechargable IR-Pen:
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Additional steps:
- It bought a light metal broomstick handle from the hardware.
- Too long so I cut about 30cm off
- A whiteboard marker fited nicely over the threaded end (little filing required)
- Glued & shrink wraped into place
- Drilled & filed keyhole in side of handle (file smooth may look a bit ugly but better than blood on your IR-Wand
- Packed pre-built IR-Pen out with insulation tap so a snugg fit
- Removed the IR-Led from the IR-Pen
- Soldered extension to IR-Led dropped down tube, glued & shrink wrapped IR-Led in place
- Soldered extension to prebuilt IR-Pen
- Slid IR-Pen into place
- Used a punch to crimp tube in a few places holding IR-Pen in place nicely
DONE!

Maybe worth considering a capacitator to filter some of the lag from the long lead & putting some shrink wrap arround the switch so it look nice.

This coupled with high Smoothing in boonjin's Smoothboard and now wheel chair users can use the Wiimote IWB with ease. I think this would also be good for large IWB's and university lecture theatres.

benpaddlejones :)
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