We need to have a few new 21st century sections at Mac360. One Trick Pony Apps. That would be good. And Solutions Looking For Problem Apps. Also good.
Why? Just because we can do something with technology doesn’t mean we should. How about using your iPhone’s multi-touch screen and onscreen keyboard as the mouse and keyboard for your Mac?
Mac App, Meet iPhone App
Let the Winter Remote Controlfest™ begin. On the surface, Remote Mouse is pretty cool. It’s really two apps. No, wait. It’s really four apps. Hmmm. It could be six. That could be correct. No, let me go with four.
Remote Mouse runs on your Mac or PC (that’s two separate apps).
And, Remote Mouse also runs on your iPhone and iPod touch (that’s one more; total of three).
And, Remote Mouse also runs on your iPad (OK, four is the right number, but depending on the number of actual devices you have, it may be only two).
The app on your Mac or PC talks to the app on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, and turns your iDevice into a trackpad and keyboard for your Mac or PC.
See? I told you it was a solution looking for a problem.
Solution, Meet Problem
The more I think about it, the more it appears Remote Mouse might have a purpose in life. The first, obviously, is to get your geek on and show you what can be done with a Mac or PC and an iPhone.
Remote control from iPhone to the Mac or PC. Why? I had to think about this for awhile. Remote Mouse says “You can take control of your presentations from anywhere in the room.”
Alright. I’ll bite. Yes, you can control what’s on your Mac’s screen here, by standing over there and using your iPhone to control it all. Here’s what the keyboard and trackpad look like on your iPhone (sorry—no iPad yet).
In vertical mode, your iPhone keyboard is a keyboard, but above it’s a trackpad.
In horizontal mode, the keyboard even has the Mac’s keyboard function keys, arrow keys, page up and page down keys, and more. Flick and the horizontal mode becomes a trackpad which resembles the one on your MacBook.
Remote Mouse works over your local Wi-Fi network. I couldn’t get the 3G connection to work, but I have that effect on electrical devices.
In the end, what you get is a trackpad and keyboard you can hold in the palm of your hand to control your Mac which sits somewhere else nearby on the network.
One-handed control is a bit clumsy, but that might just be because I have three thumbs on my right hand and I’m right handed. Remote Mouse is a handful of apps that, when combined, become a remote mouse and keyboard and trackpad, but calling it Remote Mouse Keyboard Trackpad just seems wrong.