February 23rd, 2011

Using a Wii Balance Board with a wall wart

This tutorial describes how to add a 5 volt power supply to your Wii Balance Board. To some this might seem like blasphemy. Adding a wired connection to a wireless device, who would do such a ridiculous thing? Well, we did, and we thought some others may want to do just the same. The real benefit of this modification is to no longer have to replace or recharge your batteries. A beautiful, virtually endless flow of electricity for all your fitness needs. You may also use the modified unit with the original battery configuration if you choose not to use the wall wart at any point. No changes needed. Just unplug it from the wall and re-sync (or pull the power jack quickly and it should switch over to the batteries seamlessly).

Perfect for an installation or kiosk that uses a Wii balance board.

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October 18th, 2010

Using a Virgin Mobile Broadband2Go on Mac OS X

Virgin Mobile MC760 (Front)Virgin Mobile MC760 (Back)

Moey creates exhibits and installations that find their way all across the United States and sometimes even the world, so providing our work with internet connectivity is crucial to installations with a tight deadline and those requiring long-term servicing. Unfortunately, some locations in which we install do not have an internet connection that is easily accessible.

We recently have been tossing around the idea of equipping our work with “pay-as-you-go” USB 3G modems so we can get access to an installation regardless of where it is installed. It is as easy as visiting a Best Buy store, buying a modem, and purchasing a $20 voucher card for bandwidth.

The activation process must be done on a Windows based computer, which wasn’t too terrible seeing as how we have a test machine in our studio, but attempting to use one of these modems on a Mac, our system of choice, left us hanging dry. There are no instructions on the Virgin Mobile MC760 website, just lots of unanswered FAQs. There are many questions like “How do I get the MC760 to work on a Mac?” hardly answered by statements like “It works great for me!”. So, we decided to figure it out and share our own successful instructions.

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