DIY Interactive Whiteboard with a Wii Remote & Wiimote Whiteboard
With just your Mac computer, a piece of free software by Johnny Chung Lee, and about US$50 worth of equipment, you can create a touch-screen computer. With a projector too, you can even create an interactive whiteboard - also known as a smart board.
Why would you want an interactive whiteboard? For education, and especially special education, there are many uses for something like this. Patrick Black has a good smart board resource roundup.
The fundamental idea involves connecting your Wiimote to your Mac computer, pointing the Wiimote to the area you want to use as a screen, and using an LED pen to touch the screen. The Infrared Sensor on the Wiimote detects where you touch and translates that to the computer as if you were moving the mouse.
Sam Sennott has written a great Wiimote Whiteboard in Education Tutorial which includes a video and PDF showing the setup. I recommend you use his resources in showing you what to buy and how to use it.
- Ricky Buchanan