Interactive Whiteboard

A few months ago I found this interesting video about a home-made interactive whiteboard (a la smartboard) made by Johnny Chung Lee, from Carnegie Mellon University.

Outside of the niftyness factor of making your own cool tool using a wii remote, this project can also create huge savings for schools. A smartboard can set you back from 1000 (without projector) to 5000 dollars (with all the bells and whistles, including integrated projector) , while this project, on top of a projector, will cost you about 45$ for the wii controller and a few extra dollars for hardware.

This morning I found detailed instructions, including free software downloads for LED pen calibration to help ease the process, for building the project on Johnny Chung Lee’s website. Very cool stuff.

Low-Cost Multi-touch Whiteboard using the Wiimote

2 comments / Add your comment below

  1. I love this. I work in a really affluent (seriously, like one of the top few in the US) which won’t even DISCUSS open-source software. Something like this would blow their minds.

    Of course, I’m in line for a Smartboard next year, so…

  2. Imagine the money that could be re-directed directly to teacher professional development and school improvement if schools went the way of open-source…sigh…

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