Wii Hack- make a cheap Smartboard for under $50!

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I want to thank Andy Zieffler for sending this to me. I can't wait to try it myself (and will of course post video and/or create others to view the test)! This is a Wii hack that allows you to create a SMART Interactive White Board (typically costing thousands) for just about $50 by using a projector screen (previously installed in just about every classroom, a Nintendo Wii remoteand a trip to Radio Shack!

Here is the video with information on the creator of this system, Johnny Lee and instructions on how to do this following.

OR, you can download the video from the site .

Johnny Lee is a researcher from Carnegie Mellon University and currently works as a researcher in the Applied Sciences department for Microsoft. He became famous via YouTube by posting videos of his projects, mostly involving hacks using Wii Remotes. Other projects of his include a Giant Paintball slingshot,, as well as a low cost steady cam for just $14 which he has called the Poor Man's Steadycam.

Here is a YouTube video with instructions on building the IR Pen Johnny used in his Wii Remote hack

Johnny's Wii Remote Projects seem to be the most interesting with lots of uses within higher education. Stay tuned for a presentation on this system in the future!

Here are the links
Johnny's hompage: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~johnny/
Wii Projects homepage with full instructions and free software downloads: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~johnny/projects/wii/

Have you found something cool in technology that you think others might find interesting? Please send me an email and I'll post it! You may also leave comments on this post if you've had experience with Wii Remote hacks of your own!

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This is awesome.

This is just a great hack you've got there. Also homebrew is possible now!