Friday, August 14, 2009
I was browsing through the pages of the July edition of Tech and Learning and saw a new product from Luidia: the eBeam Edge. This product promises to turn any projected image into an interactive whiteboard. This is a novel concept as it removes the cumbersome presence of a large fixed physical component. It's a bit cheaper than the traditional whiteboards, coming in at $899.
I read the description in Tech and Learning and then browsed the Luidia website and couldn't help but laugh-- I can create the exact same setup using a Nintendo Wii controller and an IR pen for less than $100! While I'm sure the eBeam Edge software and hardware works very well, why spend hundreds of dollars reproducing what the creative open source community has given us?
Johnny Chung Lee came up with the original prototype for the "wiiboard" in early 2007. I stumbled upon it in the summer of 2008 and used my Wiiboard throughout the school year. It's a fairly simple setup that has been significantly improved since Chung's original iteration. To learn how to set up your own interactive whiteboard for less than $100 using a Nintendo Wii controller, see these previous posts:
What can a Wiiboard do for me?
Setting up a Wiiboard
IR Pen Review