Low-Cost Multi-touch Whiteboard Using Wii Remote

Posted on October 29, 2009  Comments (14)

Using infrared (IR) light pens and the Wii Remote, it is possible to create very low-cost multi-point interactive whiteboards and multi-point tablet displays. Johnny Chung Lee, Carnegie Mellon University. Download the software. Great stuff, it is wonderful to see what people can create with technology.

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14 Responses to “Low-Cost Multi-touch Whiteboard Using Wii Remote”

  1. Thomas
    November 4th, 2009 @ 3:22 am

    This is so cool, we have a Wii and i have to make this. Right now i’m using a 6′ by 3′ white board and we take pics with our cell phone of it…its not optimal. Johny Chung Lee makes it look easy.

  2. StephanieF
    November 27th, 2009 @ 10:08 am

    Just for your additional info, you might wanna check out Smootboard software as well since you interested with the wiimote whiteboard. Basically, it resembles what Johnny Lee’s idea. But what makes it different is that Smoothboard allows the usage of 2 wiimote controls simultaneously which allows better tracking and act as a redundancy. This comes to great use when one wiimote is blocked, the other can capture the other point. Besides the 2 wiimotes can use for the Whiteboard and Presenter function.

    On top of that, with the latest version of Smoothboard it has now comes out with the in-built annotation features and as well as autoconnect mode.

    You can give it a try using its free trial at the following link.

    Hope you like it as much as I do!

  3. Paolo
    May 10th, 2010 @ 6:04 pm

    I want share with you Ardesia to be used with the wiimote
    whiteboard http://code.google.com/p/ardesia/

    It’s free and funny

    Ardesia enables you to make colored free-hand annotations on your computer screen, record it and share on the network.

    This is especially useful when making presentations, to highlight things or point out things of interest.

    The tool facilitates the online presentations and demos showing in real time your computer screen to anyone in the network.

    Ardesia is XInput-Aware, so if you have a mouse, a graphic tablet, a touch screen, a wiimote whiteboard or a commercial whiteboard; you can draw lines with different strength, select color, erase things and draw arrows.

    You can free-hand draw geometrical shapes using the shape recognizer, insert text with the keyboard and highlight screen areas. You can draw upon the desktop or select an image as background.

  4. aldo
    May 19th, 2010 @ 9:03 am

    I want share with you a free program to be used with interactive whiteboard
    http://code.google.com/p/ardesia/

    Ardesia enables you to make colored free-hand annotations on your computer screen, record it and share on the network.

    This is especially useful when making presentations, to highlight things or point out things of interest.

    The tool facilitates the online presentations and demos showing in real time your computer screen to anyone in the network.

    Ardesia is XInput-Aware, so if you have a mouse, a graphic tablet, a touch screen, a wiimote whiteboard or a commercial whiteboard; you can draw lines with different strength, select color, erase things and draw arrows.

    You can free-hand draw geometrical shapes using the shape recognizer, insert text with the keyboard and highlight screen areas. You can draw upon the desktop or select an image as background.

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  6. Anonymous
    June 23rd, 2010 @ 4:53 am

    Ardesia 0.3 is out!
    You can use the wiimote whiteboard with Ardesia
    to annotate on the desktop
    This is avaivable for Linux and Windows
    http://code.google.com/p/ardesia/

    You can see some screenshoot on
    http://code.google.com/p/ardesia/wiki/Screenshot

  7. Pietro
    September 11th, 2010 @ 5:16 am

    Ardesia 0.4 is out!
    http://code.google.com/p/ardesia/

    Ardesia allows to draw and sketchup everywhere

    The binary package is released for Ubuntu Lucid and Windows 7
    you can use Ardesia with all the linux flavours, the source code
    is free and released under the GPL terms

    You can use it with a wiimote whiteboard or a graphic tablet;
    in this way the lines are writing lighter or darker depending on
    the pen pressure

    You can export your work in the pdf format to create simple presentation, tutorial or document

    Ardesia allow to record and the stream on icecast streaming server
    thanks to the vlc media player and streamer

    …Ardesia is free and simple as you are; Try it now!

  8. aldo
    November 14th, 2010 @ 7:57 am
  9. aleph
    April 1st, 2011 @ 6:11 am

    Try WiildOs the first live distro that support the wiimote whiteboard http://code.google.com/p/ardesia/wiki/Create_a_live_distro

  10. alpha
    April 13th, 2011 @ 10:23 am

    WiildOs 1.3.2 is out,
    WiildOs is an educational live and installable GNU/Linux distro build
    from the Ardesia stuff and thinking for teaching purposes. It includes
    the software that enable you to use a wiimote whiteboard.

    WiildOs includes lubuntu-desktop, python-whiteboard, ardesia, sankore,
    spotlighter, curtain, florence-ramble, wmgui, wiican, easystroke,
    whyteboard, vmg, shutter, gimp, tuxpaint, tuxmath, tuxtype, dia,
    scribus, audacity, stellarium, xournal, gcompris, geogebra, wxmaxima,
    openoffice.org, jokosher, musescore, solfege, stellarium, dasher,
    eviacam and more!

    More info on http://code.google.com/p/ardesia/wiki/WiildOs

    Build a wiildOs4win wubi like installer that allow to install wiildOs
    inside windows without partitioning the hard disk.
    http://ardesia.googlecode.com/svn/wiki/wiildOs/wiildOs4win.exe

    Changelog
    – new kernel 2.6.35; this add the support to some new devices including
    the toshiba bluettoth
    – thunderbird in now the default mailer instead of sylpheed
    – firefox is the default browser instead of chromium
    – removed xscreensaver for performance issue
    – remove all the gnome office suite; we use openoffice suite
    – fix the wiican program; now you can you use the wiimote as controller
    usinf the infrared camera or the accelerometers in a visual user
    friendly way

  11. Jason
    April 25th, 2011 @ 4:30 am

    This is so cool i want one! it’s so futuristic, i’ve never used an electronic whiteboard before. When he is using the two pens on the bench top it reminds me of a sci-fi movie, it would be awesome in 3D. This would have many applications and now the average consumer can afford it.. nice :)

  12. Candido
    August 29th, 2011 @ 1:40 pm

    i am planing to buy a wii remote.so i want to know is it easy to make it work..how do we connect it to our laptop and what is the callibration step? can some 1 plz help me…plz brief me about the whole idea…..i am planning to use it fr my project….

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