Using a Nintendo Wii to make an IWB

I was randomly browsing the web and came across a web site I’d never seen before called wiiboard.ie. Apparently the author of http://www.schoolsites.ie and some other business folk have come together to promote the use of the wiimote interactive whiteboard in schools. Right now there’s very little on the web site except for a couple of Johnny Lee Chung videos.

I have a sneaky suspicion that we’re going to be seeing a business plan forming in the near future: something along the lines of- “get an Interactive Whiteboard for under €1,000.” I hope they do because a supported wiimote IWB is probably better quality than a lot of pen-based boards out there.

However, I think if they do go down this road, they will have to remember to put training and support into their plan as this will separate them from the DIY brigade. These DIYers are doing fine without support but, in my opinion, that’s because they’re ok when things go wrong. They don’t mind playing around and spending ages fixing stuff. Well, at least they’re not scared to!

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2 thoughts on “Using a Nintendo Wii to make an IWB”

  1. Interesting to see if this goes ahead, the hardware for a Wii IWB is very inexpensive, but installation, support and training is where the costs add up quickly.

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  2. Hi,

    I am trying to drum up more interest in my free wiimote whiteboard software to help me improve it. It’s the first software I am aware of that really thinks about what you want from a whiteboard. Very simple and powerful at the same time. It is also designed with the wiimote and IR pen in mind. i.e. No right clicks, double clicks or keyboard are required. It just gives you a very good electronic whiteboard. It’s also written in Java so is cross platform Mac/Windows.

    I have uploaded it for free on wiimoteproject.

    See a quick description at:
    http://www.wiimoteproject.com/wiimote-whiteboard/free-lightweight-whiteboard-software/
    The software can be downloaded at.
    http://www.wiimoteproject.com/index.php?action=downloads;sa=view;id=26

    I have only had the software uploaded to the site and have already had a lot of downloads and enquiries from people who like it.

    Give me a shout if you want any more info or even better, try it out and let other people know about it. Then ask me to fix defects/add new features.

    PS You can use it without the Wiimote if you really want to. Just use a mouse.

    Enjoy
    Gary

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