Mobile Collaboration Room Under $250 with Wii Remote

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One of the largest challenges working with a global company are increasingly large number of dislocated teams that we interact with.

Last year, one of my colleagues and I set out to help remove some of the barriers that exist for dislocated teams. Specifically, we looked at the various options that are available for interactive whiteboards. We wanted to find something that any team could afford, travel with, and use easily.

WP_002185We looked at various options to create a usable, interactive whiteboard solution, including software for the Microsoft Kinect device and options using a Nintendo Wii remote. We found that actually holding a “pen” that was required for the Wii solution was much more natural and had a higher fidelity than waving our hands in the air with the Kinect.

Check out some of the early software and prototyping that Johnny Lee did with Wii Remotes. This early work inspired many Wii solutions. Below is a list of the tools and resources that we used for our Portable Interactive Collaboration Room solution.

Bottom line, you can have an interactive while board, with HD video and audio for less than $250.

We leveraged Live Meeting (though you could use WebEx just as easily). You’ll also need a laptop and a projector (or large screen display) not included in the $250 price. Enjoy!

Wiimote Controller $29.99
Smoothboard Software $29.99
HD WebCam 1080P (Microsoft Life Cam) $99.99
IR Pen $14.95
Wiimote Holder $9.99
Mini Tripod (x2) $19.99
$19.99
Wiimote Rechargeable Battery $9.99
Total $234.88

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We’ve been having a good time introducing teams to these tools. What do you use to help with your dislocated teams?

About Caleb Jenkins

Caleb Jenkins is the founder and principal mentor for Proaction Mentors, a development and architecture mentoring group. He is probably best known for his work with Microsoft Corporation as a Developer Evangelist and as a technology expert and speaker for the International .NET Association. He currently works with Sabre Airline Solutions as an Agile Coach to mentor agile teams around the globe to be more awesome. He also works as a technical editor and author for Wrox Press and as the host, cameraman and editor for CommunityCast TV. Caleb is well known for his engaging speaking style, depth of knowledge and creative energy. Caleb lives in the Dallas area where he continues to date his beautiful wife and busies himself playing Candy Land and Xbox 360 with their four incredible children. Occasionally he writes curriculum, speaks at conferences, and writes code for silly things like Twitter applications. Eventually he'll post some of the gazillion interviews that he's recorded on CommunityCast or blog at www.developingUX.com You can follow him on twitter (@calebjenkins) and if you're still reading this, then you could also subscribe to his blog RSS feed or sign up to receive updates by email