As we dove into research, we discovered that setting up a wiimote whiteboard with a Mac is not clearly laid out on most websites.

Here are some websites we looked at:
http://johnnylee.net/projects/wii/ (videos)
http://www.uweschmidt.org/wiimote-whiteboard
http://www.wiimoteproject.com/
http://penteractive.us/

We, then bought, borrowed and downloaded the required parts:
1. 1 projector
2. 2 infrared pens (for multi-touch use)
3. 1 bluetooth adaptor (not actually needed for a Mac)
4. 2 wiimotes (A wiimote’s field of view is 45 degrees. Two wiimotes allows for more coverage.)
5. wiimote whiteboard software
6. drawing program

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Hardware specifics:

1. Apple 15″ MacBook Pro, 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 3 GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM

2. Optoma projector, Widescreen, 16:9, Texas Instruments

Software specifics:
Wiimote Whiteboard
Native version v.0.9.9 (blue tooth stack errors)
Java version v.0.9.9 (got this working, but jerky)
Back to Native with 32-bit mode on (in Get Info display)
WiiMotes have a 1024×768 resolution (we set the projector to the same resolution after a series of attempts)

We got started by positioning the wiimotes. And we continued to try various positions with every attempt.

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We could not figure out why wiimotes were not recognizing the infrared light from the pens. We calibrated… and calibrated the whiteboard. There was not one time that the wiimotes recognized all the calibration points on the screen. We received countless error messages.

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We finally reached a point where we could draw and write on the board (projection on the wall), however, it looked like a 4 year old’s masterpiece, complete with large, mostly illegible letters and colored scribbles, requiring awkward arm movements from the user.

We cannot actually use this for a brain-storming session or client meeting. What went wrong? What did those 5th graders know that we did not?

4-year-old_drawing (courtesy of Google images)

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