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Offline schmitzmatt

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on: March 06, 2009, 03:40:24 PM
I currently have a classroom I am pilot testing Smoothboard with a Wiimote attached to a telescoping mount from the ceiling.  My setup is working great, but the problem I am having is that I have to add the Wiimote as a bluetooth device everytime after I reboot the computer or change batteries.

It is easy for me to do this, but I have a feeling that my teachers will not use the Wii Whiteboard if they have to hold the 1 and 2 buttons and go through the bluetooth add wizard all the time.  I typically have to remove the existing wiimote and re-add it once the wiimote has shut off. 

Is there a way to turn on the Wiimote or keep it always on when it doesn't have a bluetooth connection?  The only way I know how to turn it on is by running the add device to the bluetooth list wizard.  Is there another way?  Am I missing something?

I have ordered the rechargable USB battery pack from Penteractive and I am hoping that this will keep my Wiimote always on.  Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.



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Reply #1 on: March 06, 2009, 07:38:39 PM
I'm sorry that I couldn't answer your question, but I am interested in this also. I am trying to make an IWB system, but that will definately turn people off if they have to reconnect it everytime.

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Reply #2 on: March 06, 2009, 07:43:32 PM
I currently have a classroom I am pilot testing Smoothboard with a Wiimote attached to a telescoping mount from the ceiling.  My setup is working great, but the problem I am having is that I have to add the Wiimote as a bluetooth device everytime after I reboot the computer or change batteries.

It is easy for me to do this, but I have a feeling that my teachers will not use the Wii Whiteboard if they have to hold the 1 and 2 buttons and go through the bluetooth add wizard all the time.  I typically have to remove the existing wiimote and re-add it once the wiimote has shut off. 

Is there a way to turn on the Wiimote or keep it always on when it doesn't have a bluetooth connection?  The only way I know how to turn it on is by running the add device to the bluetooth list wizard.  Is there another way?  Am I missing something?

I have ordered the rechargable USB battery pack from Penteractive and I am hoping that this will keep my Wiimote always on.  Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.

Hi,

You should use Thex's WiimoteConnect
http://www.wiimoteproject.com/bluetooth-and-connectivity-knowledge-center/wiimoteconnect-0-6-(support-for-autoconnect)/

It will allow you to automatically connect to the Wiimote/Wiimotes.

You should power up your Wiimote using a DC supply such as using a AC-DC adaptor that produces around 2 to 3Vs of stable voltage. Then, you will need to make sure the red Sync button is constantly pressed (you can use a small rubber/eraser to squeeze it). When you switch on the power supply to the Wiimote, the Wiimote will be in discoverable mode and WiimoteConnect will automatically connect to the Wiimote.


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Boon Jin

« Last Edit: March 17, 2009, 12:53:08 AM by boonjin »

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Reply #3 on: March 06, 2009, 10:49:11 PM
Boon Jin,

Thank you for the advice.  Your software is a great tool and I appreciate the work you've invested in this project.

I will try the autoconnect feature, but I'm a little confused as how I should power the Wiimote.  Is there a battery pack connector that will accept a DC adapter?  Would this be something I would have to make? 

I was thinking to go with the USB powered battery pack because I thought it might answer my problems.  Can you direct me to an AC adapter vendor for the wiimote?




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Reply #5 on: March 16, 2009, 11:30:36 PM
With the rechargeable USB battery pack, you will not be able to automatically sync the Wiimote with WiimoteConnect. Why is this not possible?





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Reply #6 on: March 17, 2009, 12:02:54 AM
Ok, here is my solution so far:

I am testing this in 4 classrooms.  Each setup includes.

Hardware:
1 IR pen (buy a good pen with good batteries!)
1 Wiimote
1 USB rechargeable battery pack with tripod style threaded mount
1 10' USB extension cable
1 Belkin mini surge strip with USB ports
1 Bluetooth adapter with Microsoft drivers
1 security camera ceiling mount with base or scissors clip for drop ceiling

Software:
Smoothboard by Boon Jin
Wiimote Connect by Thex
Linktivity Presenter
RM Easiteach
Paint.NET

I run the USB extension from the cord that attaches to the Wiimote rechargable battery pack to the Belkin power adapter on the ceiling outlet.  I only plug in the charger as needed or overnight.  1 and 2 buttons are taped down constantly to put wiimote in sync mode.  Thex's Wiimote Connect software will find the wiimote (sometimes takes two consecutive tries, but works) and then use Smoothboard and I'm running.  So far, so good.



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Reply #7 on: March 19, 2009, 06:32:07 AM
Hi all,
I've solved the problem of remote syncing by using fishing line looped through a cable clip which is taped to buttons A and B. The line then runs up the data projector pole which is ceiling mounted through another cable clip about 30 cm up. The line then runs across to the wall beside my desk to another cable clip then runs down the wall. To sync each time, I simply pull on the end of the fishing line which the presses buttons A and B and the I connect using Blue Soleil. I dont have to leave my seat or reach up with a ruler any more. Sooooo easy and cost nothing to set up. Also, it's virtually invisible. My wiimote is poweredby a 3 volt AC adapter and is plugged into the ceiling as is the data projector.


Cheers,
Joe



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Reply #8 on: March 19, 2009, 06:35:57 AM
Some more photos



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Reply #9 on: March 19, 2009, 06:40:22 AM
And a few more for fun!!
Cheers,
Joe.