Saturday, March 1, 2008

Geek Factor 10: Wii Remotes & Whiteboards

On the geek factor scale, this is nearer to Ludicrous Geek. If you are someone interested in interactive whiteboard technology, you gotta check out this site from Johnny Lee, a guy from Carnegie Mellon.I first read about this on Will Richardson's blog. Basically, Johnny wrote a program that allows a wii remote to sense an IR pen, making any surface interactive. Best thing about the program, besides the geek factor? It's free. So instead of spending $1500 - $2000 on a SMARTboard, you can spend about $40 for the remote & download the software for free (Mac & Windows currently). And because it's open source, there is now an entire community dedicated to tweaking the code to make it even more functional. You can see what's going on with the project here: http://www.wiimoteproject.com/.I have plenty of teachers who ask about getting a SMARTboard, but on a limited budget, it's just not practical. I had faith (seriously) that something would come along that would be a cheaper option. I have to create my IR pen still to see how functional this is, but this idea GEEKED ME OUT.