Author Topic: Seeking help, don't know what I'm doing wrong  (Read 4816 times)

Offline Arainais

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on: February 21, 2011, 06:52:03 PM
I am trying to set up a Wii interactive white board in my classroom.  I am running windows XP and using an overhead LCD projector that is mounted on my ceiling.  My computer is in the back of the room and my projector/screen is in the front. 

I purchased all the equipment from www.wiiteachers.com.  I bought "The Groove" tm - 2nd Generation IR Pen and am using the mininblutooth dongle featured on their page as well.  The IR pen appears to be working as I can see its light when I view it through my webcam.  The bluetooth stack I am using is the windows bluetooth stack.  After much frustration, I was finally able to connect my wiimote to my pc.  I tried using Johnny Lee's software, but was unable to calibrate the set up regardless of where I placed the wiimote. 

Then I purchased smoothboard 2 in hopes of having better luck with it. I had no luck with it either.  I could bring up with calibration screen by pushing the A button, but could never calibrate it.  I've moved the wiimote all over my room, tried to mount it to my projector, etc, and am so frustrated that if I wasn't so excited about the prospect of this actually working I'd toss it all out the window.

Can anyone advise me as to what I may be doing wrong?



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Reply #1 on: February 21, 2011, 07:38:55 PM
Hi,

Are you using a genuine Wiimote?

Also, have you tried to point the IR pen directly towards the Wiimote at a close range. Then, in Smoothboard's calibration viewer, you may check whether the IR dot is detected and show up in the view of the Wiimote.

If you have not activated the IR pen, there should not be any IR dots detected. If it does, it means that stray IR sources are detected in your room such as from sun light and lamps.

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Reply #2 on: February 21, 2011, 07:51:17 PM
Thanks for the response!  I am using a genuine wiimote.  I will try your suggestion tomorrow about putting the pen directly in front of the wiimote.  I do know that there are no IR dots showing up when the pen isn't activated.



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Reply #3 on: February 21, 2011, 08:03:39 PM
If you are sure that your IR pen is working, your Wiimote may be faulty.

You may want to also try the Wiimote on another computer.

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Reply #4 on: February 22, 2011, 06:54:19 AM
I tested the pens and when I put either pen in front of the wiimote, it tells me that it finds one IR dot.  I don't think my wiimote is faulty as it works fine when used with the Wii, but I brought another wiimote from home to try it out today.  I think my problem is just finding the right positioning.  I really though mounting it underneath the projector would work, but it doesn't.



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Reply #5 on: February 22, 2011, 09:01:10 AM
Hi,

Even if the Wiimote works on the actual Wii, the IR sensor may have low sensitivity and thus not suitable for the wiimote whiteboard solution. This issue is common on non-genuine Wiimotes.

You should be able to place it at the projector's position for normal screen sizes.

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