I am the technology coordinator for a K-12 school district in central Illinois.
I have tested this on a Mac Mini and my initial tests were positive. (Now, I get to devise a more reliable pen.) Thank you for porting this for the Mac. We have Mac Minis on the teachers’ desks in our K-8 classrooms. We would like interactive whiteboard capabilities in each classroom but can’t afford $1500 for each classroom for a “Smartboard”. I do need to do some more testing before trying this in a classroom.
Thank you for your efforts. Johnny’s project is picking up steam and your Mac port of the project is a huge step for K-12 schools with Macs.
It’s good to hear that my efforts are appreciated and that the program is put to good use. Feedback like yours keeps me motivated to continue working on the software.
I started adding multi-screen support, which is almost done but untested. I assumed this could be helpful when using a projector as second display. I’m always open for suggestions to improve the program.
There is also a dedicated forum for the Wiimote Whiteboard project, in case you didn’t know.
Hi, I am also trying to get this set up for a classroom. I am totally lost with how to install/run this. Can anyone help?
I suggest you have a look at the How to use section in the README file. If you run into problems, you can have a look at this thread where people exchange about the program.
This is as much a question as a comment. There are two things that I think we need to make this a productive classroom tool. The first is a way to “click”. I am thinking that the teacher would have the LED pen in one hand and maybe a wireless mouse in the other - or nearby - to use for “clicking”. The other tool that would be needed would be a soft keyboard. I am sure they already exist. I just have to find the right one.
Hi Jim, “clicking” is already implemented. Whenever the LED pen is on and detected by the software, the mouse is moved to that position and a left button mouse-press is executed. The mouse button is released when you turn off the LED pen. I actually implemented right button mouse-clicking today. A right click is executed when the LED pen remains on at the same position for a certain amount of time (e.g. 1 second).
Nice job! Please keep developing this application. I am lecturing in a university setting. I am using the Wii with Remote Buddy and Keynote on may Macbook to capture the mouse while I am taping my presentations with iShowU. I was searching for a solution to tape my drawings during my presentation. This is the right tool!
Keep doing this great job!