1. Nintendo Wii controler (Note: you do NOT need to have the Wii system. A controler can be purchased for about $50).
2. Blue tooth enabled PC (if you don't have built in bluetooth on your PC, you can purchase a bluetooth adapter for as little as $8, although I would recommend spending a bit more for higher functionality)
3. Smoothboard software (this freeware is based off of the original work done by Johnny Chung Lee however it works much better and has several added components)
4. Video Projector
5. Infrared Pen
- You can find instructions for making your own pen all over the web. Here is a helpful video tutorial from youtube.com. Originally, I used my own, however it didn't work that great.
- I would discourage you from making a pen simply because the ones available for sale are relatively inexpensive and work much much better than the one that I made. I would recommend the pens sold by John Mitchel ($8) at penteractive.us. I purchased one and have been very satisfied with it.
- I am also very curious to purchase and try out "The Groove" sold by irpensonline.com. This pen has a pressure sensitive tip which makes use of the wiiboard more intuitive. The downside to this pen is that it costs $30.
Now you have all that you need to create a wiiboard! In a later post, I will describe how to connect and use your wiiboard.