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WiiMote – Whiteboard Setup
I take no credit for any of the work linked from this page, it is all the work of those respective authors.
This is intended as a chronicle of my experience to hopefully make it easier for someone else!

Some "art" I made…

First, look at Johnny Lee's original page to get your head around it:

    The original page: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~johnny/projects/wii/

This gentleman has put up some very nicely done instructions:

    Some basic instructions: http://clinik.net/wiimote/wiimote_info.php


Hardware – (you will need to solder, but you will not need to solder well!)

Light Pen:
Radio Shack parts (makes a light pen that work well with a projector but not so well with a plasma – the light is too focused. It will work with a plasma but you have to have the light facing the wiimote).  The numbers listed are the same numbers on the little packages at Radio Shack.  [here is a shopping list]

     AA battery holder [Catalog #: 270-401]

    I.R. Led [Catalog #: 276-143]

    Rolling switch [Catalog #: 275-017] (thanks Francisco)

    Note: - this switch [Catalog #: 275-1547] looks cool (the little red button in the blue pen) but is hard to push after a while. I recommend the rolling switch, the lever makes it easier to hold for a long time.


Better LED (not from Radio Shack) – will work normally with a plasma but costs $0.30 to buy and $7.00 to ship…


Assembly Instructions:


         My Notes On Assembly:
            I had to severely sand down the battery holder to fit in those marker bodies. I found that although having the battery holder is nice, I can get away with chopping the ends of the battery holder off (the spring end and the flattened positive contact plate) and just taping them to the ends of a battery. This makes it fit much nicer and makes the process much less tedious.  You could also find a different marker, but you work with what you have...

BlueTooth Dongle:
This is the one I used, it is really old but it works. Any Bluetooth should work I guess





XP SP2 OR Mac OSX Tiger or Leopard (10.4.*, 10.5.*)

Net Framework 2.0 (PC):



BlueTooth Drivers (PC): The instructions recommend  BlueSoleil drivers, but they cost money and these Widcomm are OLD and have been a working stack since the beginning of time. Try them first before you use the  BlueSoleil.


Here are the BlueSoleil if you need them (PC):

Whiteboard software:

NOTE: All versions can exist alongside each other, they are standalone exe files.

 Original (PC) (without smoothing – You still need to get this, because it comes with all supporting files)

Main Page: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~johnny/projects/wii/


       Original Whiteboard: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~johnny/projects/wii/WiimoteWhiteboardv02.zip

With Smoothing (PC) (just drop this exe next to the extracted files from above)

Main Page: http://www.boonjin.com/wp/2008/06/02/mouse-smoothing-for-wiimote-whiteboard


        Whiteboard with Smoothing: http://www.boonjin.com/files/wiimote/whiteboard/smoothing/WiimoteWhiteboard%20with%20smoothing.exe


Java Version (P.C., MAC and Linux). Includes automatic sensing of wii motes (attaching and detaching via Bluetooth) and use of multiple wii motes (to prevent you from getting in the way of the camera).  BUT – can be slow and show some drag unless calibrated very well.  That said, it takes up the “awesome” by a few notches since you don’t have to worry about your wiimote being hooked to your computer when you want to play Mario Kart (and the batteries being killed by that connection).

Main Page: http://www.uweschmidt.org/wiimote-whiteboard


        Cross Platform: http://www.uweschmidt.org/files/WiimoteWhiteboard.zip

        Mac Application: http://www.uweschmidt.org/files/WiimoteWhiteboard.dmg


Software You don't actually need, but that really makes the Whiteboard more useful:

Nice Paint Program (free):


Vector Graphics Editing Program (like Illustrator)(free):


Much more complex Paint Program (like Photoshop)


Converts typing into text (shareware):


Little app that allows you to right click while using the light pen (free):


Thad Williams,
Jun 16, 2008, 1:56 PM
Thad Williams,
Jun 16, 2008, 1:56 PM