Author Topic: Schoolwide Implementation Problem?  (Read 3837 times)

Offline edtech2020

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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?



Offline jerminho

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Reply #1 on: September 14, 2009, 05:39:14 AM
Hi there
My school is also implementing the same system in a classroom, however we havent started operation yet. We intend to make the students pair their wiimotes one at a time.

You are also able to change the plist in the app that you use so that it will only pair with one wiiimote at a time.

May i know what apps you use for your classes?
you can see the setup we have over here,
http://www.wiimoteproject.com/applications-b32/wii-whiteboard-classroom-needs-more-software!/msg10465/?topicseen#msg10465
please let me know if you have any suggestions
thanks

Jermyn



Offline Davo

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Reply #2 on: September 14, 2009, 04:13:01 PM
Boon Jin's latest version of SmoothBoard software has the capability to learn a particular wiimote and only look for that one - very handy in a multiple wiimote situation. Our permanent classroom hardware solution only keeps the wiimote in discoverable mode for 20 seconds which avoids picking up the wrong wiimote too.
Dave
www.3pinteract.co.nz
www.3pinteract.blogspot.com