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Air Mouse Turns Your iPhone Into a Mouse and Keyboard

Posted in Computers,Just Cool,reviews,Software by Joe Colburn on the October 25th, 2008

As I have mentioned in the past, I rely on Windows XP for my television needs. I have cable coming into the PC, which acts as a Tivo-like digital video recorder and then feeding the source back out to my TV. It’s cheaper than Tivo (I don’t pay anything per month to record), and I can play downloaded media, etc. on it. The only downfall is that I’m tethered by a corded mouse and keyboard. In fact, I have to be right in front of it to do anything. With a 52 inch TV, that’s a bit of an eye (and back) strain. Those days are over. Keep reading and watch the video to see what I mean.

A discovery
A week or two ago, I came across something called the Air Mouse. It’s an iPhone app that communicates with a server instance to become a wireless air mouse for whatever computer the server instance is running on. It’s a great idea, but I’m always busy and quickly pushed it aside for another time, thinking the install would take forever and it wouldn’t work that well anyway. Boy was I wrong.

Installing Air Mouse
What’s worse than having to go through a long, tedious install? Doing so on a computer with a barely-working input system. This was part of my hesitation. I bit the $6 bullet and installed the iPhone application. This was the easy part. Then, I downloaded the server application to my laptop and then moved it over to my TV PC. I then ran it and the install took about 90 seconds total, which was a nice surprise. An even nicer surprise was that the they communicated right away and just started working. Awesome! Well, not totally… Keep reading.

Using Air Mouse
Using this thing took a little fumbling around, but that’s because I missed the link to their Air Mouse help page. This page is refreshingly complete, full of all the information you could want about how the app works, unlike some apps I’ve installed.

With the application, you can use your iPhone like an actual air mouse, waving your mouse around to move the cursor, or like a laptop’s touch pad, moving your thumb across the surface to move the cursor. The touchpad option is much easier to jump right into, giving you more control right away, but the air mouse option would be ideal in terms of flexibility with the learning curve trade-off. Whichever you choose, it’s simple and it just works well. On top of all the mouse goodness, it comes with a built-in keyboard that they promise we’ll be able to hide when we’re not using it. I no longer have to get off the couch to type in a web address on the TV.

Because I am the only one who really does anything other than watch TV on my TV PC, the fact that MY iPhone must be used for it to work is fine. In the 1/2 hour I’ve had it installed, I’ve already done a few things on that machine that I had been putting off due to the mobility constraints posed by my previous mouse/keyboard solution.

This is probably the best money I’ve spent in the iPhone Apps store. Here’s that video of the Air Mouse in use.

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  1. on October 26th, 2008 at 8:03 am

    Nice advise but your computer actually can function as TV, if you apply your tools to your computer that have been completed with TV card, may be can work as your creation.

    Electronic Knowledge’s last blog post..Subwoofer Box-2

  2. Joe said,

    on October 26th, 2008 at 11:30 am

    Electronic Knowledge: I’m not sure what you mean. My computer DOES function as a TV. Inside, I have a Hauppauge WinTV PVR-150 (http://www.hauppauge.com/pages/products/data_pvr150.html) and I’m running Beyond TV (http://www.snapstream.com/) as my DVR software. The video signal just goes from my computer to an input in the 52″ TV.


  3. on November 11th, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    Cool! I’ve actually got a friend that just setup a computer based DVR like yours, and we’ve been discussing remote options. He’s got an iPhone too. It’s one of the originals though (not a 3G) do you know if the app will still work?

    greg @ digital tv antenna’s last blog post..The Basics of Digital TV Antennas

  4. JV said,

    on January 6th, 2009 at 5:46 am

    My computer TV is most valuable. With my setup the family can watch a dvd and I can watch my sports on the pc. Love it

    JV’s last blog post..Sling’s Macworld Goodies: iPhone, OS X HD

  5. Terry said,

    on April 17th, 2009 at 8:26 am

    Question: If you reboot the computer, when it gets to the login screen, can you use the application to select your user account, enter your password and load your desktop?

    I have an app on my Windows Mobile phone which uses a server app to communicate back and forth and the server app doesnt start until you’re already logged in which kind of defeats the ability to say the phone is a “remote keyboard/mouse” since I need to plug in a real keyboard and mouse to log in first.

  6. Joe said,

    on April 17th, 2009 at 9:55 am

    Terry: While it’s frustrating that the software can’t be ready when the computer boots (before login, I mean), I think this is a limitation of the OS and not of the software. That said, it’s still highly useful. I have a mouse and keyboard set up on the TV computer and it’s tucked out of the way. I only have to boot up and log in after power outages or Windows updates, so it’s not often, but Air Mouse is used a lot more often. One day, we’ll be able to have a server-side app that can listen for and accept the connection before login… one day.


  7. on November 19th, 2009 at 10:09 am

    Great post this is just the solution I have been looking for, going to go install the Air Mouse right now. Thanks.

    tv on computer’s last blog post..Movies, Sports, Music And More On Your PC


  8. on January 14th, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    Entertaining site. My colleagues and I were just discussing this the other evening. Also your page looks good on my old palm treo. Now thats uncommon. Nice work.


  9. on March 5th, 2010 at 8:00 am

    [..] A bit unrelated, but I totally liked this website post [..]

  10. George said,

    on June 15th, 2010 at 7:09 am

    haven’t tried of turning my pc into a TV but a movie player yes.

    thanks for sharing your idea of your computer TV.
    .-= George´s last blog ..How to speed up a slow or sluggish computer? =-.

  11. Ryan Duker said,

    on December 12th, 2010 at 4:12 am

    it is difficult to obtain one operates effectively

  12. Joe Tech said,

    on December 12th, 2010 at 9:18 am

    Ryan: Actually, Air Mouse worked really well. What sucks is that I had to restore my iPhone and when I went to download the app again it said I need an iPhone 4. Currently, I Remote Desktop into my TV PC to do things.


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