What does it mean that mimio can "record and playback"
When using the mimio system, you actually record information as it is
written and drawn on your existing whiteboard. Unlike other systems, mimio
doesn't merely capture a "bitmap" image of what is on the board.
mimio captures the motion of your pen and eraser strokes over time. The
power of this recording metaphor provides immediate value. For example,
suppose that you are writing a long formula on the board, but scribble
over it believing it to be incorrect. With a copy board system (or with a
whiteboard without mimio), your record of this formula could be gone
forever. With mimio, since it recorded all strokes of the pen and eraser,
you use your PC to "rewind" to the point in time that the
formula was visible and print that point in time, or tag it for later
retrieval. mimio's capture of time as a factor in a presentation allows
you to distribute recordings of whiteboards with more information. Instead
of merely reviewing the end-result of notes, future audiences can choose
to follow the thought process by viewing a "playback" recreation
of the notes as they were written, or at preselected points in time that
were "tagged" by the presenter.
How does mimio communicate with the PC?
Basically, both the mimio eraser and the styli that house the EXPO®
markers, are transmitters. The mimio Capture Bar's technology triangulates
the position of the eraser or stylus and sends the information through the
serial cable to the mimio application.
What are the minimum system requirements for mimio?
i486 100MHz or higher (Pentium® 100MHz recommended) Windows® 95, Windows
98, Windows NT 4.0 16 MB of RAM (32 MB recommended) 10 MB of available
hard-drive space Available 9-pin DB-9 serial port (If you only have a
25-pin serial connector available, you will need to purchase a 9-to-25-pin
serial port adapter. These are available at most computer supply
stores/catalogs.) PS-2 style keyboard or mouse port (If connecting to an
older style PC that only has a DIN (not a mini-DIN) connector, you will
need to purchase a DIN-to-mini-DIN converter. These are available at most
computer supply stores/catalogs.) To use mimio and NetMeeting requires:
Pentium 166MHz 32MB of RAM TCP/IP network with support for 32-bit apps
NetMeeting® 2.11 or 3.01 (NetMeeting 3.0 not supported) Each participant
must have the mimio freeware application installed.
What type of serial cable does mimio use?
Mimio ships with a special 10-foot serial cable that uses the Electronic
Industries Association (EIA) RS-232 standard for serial communications
with the PC. What makes the serial cable special is that instead of
containing two connectors (one connector on each end), it actually has
three: One end of the mimio cable has a 9-pin connector that attaches to
the mimio Capture Bar. On the other end of the cable, are 2
"heads" that connect to the PC. The first "head" has a
9-pin connector for attaching to the serial port. If your PC only has a
25-pin serial connector available, you will need to purchase a 9-to-25-pin
adapter from a computer supply store or catalog. The second
"head" is a PS-2-style mini-DIN pass-through connector that
attaches to either the keyboard or mouse port for power. If your PC only
has a DIN connector available, you will need to purchase a DIN-to-mini-DIN
adapter from a computer supply store or catalog. For users requiring a
longer cable, a 25-foot cable may be purchased. In addition, users can
daisy chain onto the mimio special cable, a standard, shielded serial
cable and extend beyond 25 feet. The maximum serial cable length tested
and supported is 100 feet. Please note, that if an extension cable is
used, and the Capture Bar light is not lit, the extension cable may not
support all of the pins required. (The end of the cable that attaches to
the Capture Bar needs pins 1, 2, 3, and 5.
What is mimio's resolution?
A mimio is a vector-based system. A vector image is not an array of pixels
like a bitmap, but rather, a mathematical representation that
"remembers" where you draw and stores that information as a set
of individual lines called "strokes". The advantages of
vector-based graphics are that they are resolution independent. If you
scale a bitmap image, the image usually becomes fuzzy and
"jagged". In general, a vector-based graphic will scale easily
and look as good scaled as it did in its original size. In addition, a
vector graphic printed on a 300 DPI printer will print at 300 DPI, while
the same image on a 600 DPI printer will print at 600 DPI. When you draw
on a whiteboard that has mimio attached, the data positions are captured
at approximately 87 points per second in a vector format. While you are
drawing on the board, the mimio Capture Bar is checking your stylus
location and reporting it to the computer approximately 87 times every
second. A variety of variables including temperature, humidity, and
physical distance the stylus is from the mimio Capture Bar, all factor
into the "resolution" of the image (i.e., how much raw data is
captured). Users are generally concerned about resolution because of
"jagged" edges. When users export to a bitmap (.BMP) file, they
are outputting to one of the lowest resolution graphics formats. A Windows
metafile (.WMF) on the other hand, is a higher resolution graphics format
because it also stores information as strokes, not pixels. Stroke data
will appear far less "jagged" when stored and translated because
the lines are actually redrawn when the file is opened. Since the vast
majority of the mimio virtual whiteboard is usually empty, a metafile is
also a much smaller representation of the data as well. One other note
regarding resolution, the mimio software can actually help
"adjust" the resolution of an image to some degree through the
modification of the stroke thickness. For example, because you are using
chisel and bullet tip EXPO® markers that produce somewhat thick lines, it
is very possible to write small enough that the letters run together and
are indecipherable on the physical whiteboard. If you change the pen
thickness within the mimio software application however, the writing will
become legible on your screen and when printed.
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Do I need special pens or erasers?
Four patent-pending Stylus marker jackets are included with mimio. These
styli house four standard EXPO dry-erase markers (black, red, green and
blue). When a marker dries up, simply replace it with another EXPO marker.
The eraser supplied with mimio has both a 4-inch and 1-inch circular felt
surface that also uses the patent-pending Stylus Tracking technology. If
the eraser surface wears out, a packet of additional eraser pads may be
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What types of batteries do the mimio styli and eraser use?
Five 1.5V AAA batteries are included with the mimio hardware (one for each
styli and one for the eraser).
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Is mimio Y2K (year 2000) compliant?
The mimio application has been tested and shown to be fully capable of
manipulating dates and times after 12:00 AM January 1, 2000. Y2K
compliance on the mimio Capture Bar is not applicable as the hardware does
not process dates. If you currently have the mimio software, you can
verify compliance by setting the system time beyond the year 2000, draw
something in the Virtual whiteboard using the mouse annotation tools, and
select Tag Board. You will notice the date of the Tagged Board is correct
in the thumbnail list. Also, when you preview or print the image, the date
will be correct there as well. This test does not ensure that your
computer is year 2000 compliant. If you do not get the results indicated
above, it may be because the BIOS of your computer is not configured to
handle the year 2000+ dates correctly.
What file format does mimio use and can I export the data to other
A mimio uses a proprietary, vector-based format (INK). Images can be
exported in a variety of ways and formats including .BMP, .EMF, .WMF,
JPEG, and HTML. Images can be exported through the "Export"
command Images can be copied and pasted MAPI compliant clients can e-mail
images from within the mimio application Images can be dragged and dropped
to the desktop or an OLE-aware application. mimio's OLE compliance allows
you to embed an entire .INK file into another Windows® application. For
example, if your entire team has installed the mimio freeware and
Microsoft® Word®, you can distribute a Word document with an entire
mimio file embedded within it. When the user gets to the embedded mimio
document, mimio navigation controls appear in Word so they can navigate
through the tagged boards. When you export one or more mimio boards to
HTML, you can then publish the files created in the HTML folder, making
the tagged boards available for view in any standard Web browser. In
addition, information regarding who the participants were and any typed
Notes recorded in the board images will also be published.
Can I use a Y-mouse connector to connect mimio and a PalmPilot® to the
No. A Y-mouse connector allows you to connect 2 devices that use a similar
driver. For example, you could connect a mouse and a tablet because they
both use a pointing device driver. Because mimio and PalmPilot use
dramatically different drivers, you would not be able to share one COM
port using a Y-mouse serial connector. You can however, use a serial port
switch box to alternate between the two devices. But you must reconfigure
the PalmPilot HotSync Manager® so that the COM port is released when the
PalmPilot is not the active device. (Please refer to the information on
reconfiguring a PalmPilot.) If a switch box is not available or something
you would like to work with, another option would be to purchase and
install another I/O (Input/Output) controller in your PC. The I/O
controller will physically provide you with another serial port.
Will mimio work with a configuration that has a digitizing tablet such
as a WACOM® product?
Yes, mimio will work with a PC that has a tablet connected to a COM port
instead of a mouse. However, if you decide to move the tablet to a
different serial port to install mimio on the COM port the tablet is on,
you must uninstall the tablet software first, move the tablet to the new
COM port, then reinstall the tablet software. If you do not run the tablet
uninstall program, the pen driver will not release the COM port, and the
mimio application will be unable to communicate with the Capture Bar.
Will mimio work with USB?
A mimio will work on a USB port providing you have an optional 3rd party
adapter that makes your PC's USB port appear as a serial port. Currently
the Peracom® USB serial converter and the Belkin® F5U003 serial
converter have been tested with mimio. Both of these converters are very
small, "inline" designs supporting one serial-to-one USB
converter thereby keeping cabling simpler. In addition, the Belkin
converter has indicator lights providing the user the status of the unit.
These adapters can be purchased through a computer supply store or
catalog. In the future, mimio will have native USB compliance as an
Will mimio work on a Macintosh® PC?
At this time, mimio will not work on a Macintosh PC.
Will mimio work with UNIX, Linux, or AIX®?
At this time, there are no plans to make mimio able to connect to hardware
running any UNIX platform.
Will mimio work with Microsoft® NetMeeting®?
System requirements. Using Microsoft NetMeeting, you can establish a point
to point or multi-point IP call over an Intranet or the Internet (based on
proper NetMeeting and firewall configuration). Then, you can start the
mimio application and use the established T.120 data channel to connect
two or more mimio applications. What is written or drawn will be seen by
all of the data conferencing participants (as long as they are also
running mimio). Here are some specifics about how mimio integrates with
NetMeeting: mimio to mimio communication. In this mode, mimio does not use
the NetMeeting generic whiteboard at all. mimio uses NetMeeting to place a
T.120 call (either point-to-point or to an MCU server). Then, the mimio
application piggybacks itself on NetMeeting to communicate .INK
information to all of the other mimio applications currently connected in
the NetMeeting call. With this methodology, you get all the benefits of
how the mimio software approaches whiteboard recording, as well as the
network collaboration benefits of NetMeeting (including, IP audio and
video, ILS services, and 3rd party T.120 and H.323 servers such as those
by DataBeam®, PictureTel®, and White Pine Software®). In addition, this
is not NetMeeting application "sharing" like most companies
implement. mimio uses the NetMeeting data channel to establish the data
conference. After that, mimio is in control of the data communication
between participants. What this means to you is a huge boost in
performance over applications that are shared through NetMeeting.
mimioMouse as an input device into the generic NetMeeting whiteboard Using
the mimioMouse application and an LCD projector, a mimio user can
"draw" into the NetMeeting generic whiteboard using the
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What sizes boards will mimio work with?
A mimio can retrofit any existing cube, office or conference room
whiteboard or flat surface from 2' x 3' to 4' x 8' in size.
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Can I use my whiteboard as a "touchscreen" when mimio is
Yes. The mimioMouse application (included on your mimio installation CD)
allows you to convert your whiteboard/flat surface into a touchscreen.
What this means is that when you use an LCD projector with the mimioMouse
application, a stylus housing the mimioMouse insert will control the mouse
cursor from the board. The mimioMouse insert is included in the package
and is a piece of plastic shaped like a marker pen but with no ink. After
a simple calibration process, the mimioMouse stylus can point, click, drag
and drop, and otherwise control many of the PC operations directly from
the whiteboard to which the mimio Capture Bar is connected. You don't have
to constantly go back and forth between board and PC, or have a second
person drive the PC
How do I "right mouse" click when I'm using mimioMouse and a
Touching the mimioMouse stylus to the board immediately following the
pushing of a Capture Bar button, is recognized as a right mouse event by
the mimioMouse application.
Does mimio support rear projection?
Typically, the mimio Capture Bar retrofits and attaches to the front of an
existing whiteboard or flat surface. However, the mimio bar can be mounted
on the front of a rear projection display system. Using the mimioMouse
application you will be able to control the PC without the
"shadows" typically seen on front projection systems. Also,
using the mimioMouse insert will allow you to "draw" without
leaving any marks on the rear projection display panel.
Is there a Software Developer's Kit (SDK) or API available for mimio?
At this time, we are working on developing ways for partners and third
party developers to integrate with mimio.
What power supply output voltage does mimio require?
The mimio Capture Bar draws power from either the PC's mouse or keyboard
port by way of the keyboard pass-through connector on the mimio serial
cable. No special power bricks or country kits are required to use mimio
in another country.
What is the mimio warranty?
The mimio hardware warranty is one year from date of purchase. The mimio
software warranty is 90 days. Please remember to register your mimio
product to validate your warranty.
How can I stop mimio from launching when Windows® starts up?
Mimio is placed into the Windows Startup folder so that mimio application
is a background task waiting to capture the data when you write on the
whiteboard. If the mimio application is not running when you begin drawing
on the whiteboard, no data will be captured. Note: If you remove the mimio
application from Startup, you will have to manually launch the application
whenever you want to write on the whiteboard. To remove mimio from the
Windows StartUp folder: 1. Right click on the Start button, 2. Double
click the Programs folder, 3. Double click on the StartUp folder, 4.
Select the mimio icon and press the Delete key. If you would like the
mimio application icon on your desktop, simply drag it out of the StartUp
folder onto your desktop.