Control your PC with your Palm
PDA Controls.com in conjunction with The Pittsburgh Pebbles PDA Project at Carnegie Mellon University have created a site devoted to the promotion of software that controls a Windows Windows 95, 98, NT 4.0 or Windows 2000 based PC. The software is FREE, as are the step by step instructions on how to install and operate the various applications. There are also applications that permit multiple Palms to be connected to the same computer and work simultaneously.
The Muscular Dystrophy Association will feature an article on the software's implications for the handicapped in it's Feb. 2001 issue of "Quest" magazine. This is an important step forward in permitting computer access to everyone.
The Pebbles programs allow you to connect in three ways: using a serial port, using Infrared, or using a network connection. The PC must be running the PebblesPC application.
Some of the Palm app include:
- Remote Commander - allows the Palm to be used as if it were the PC's cursor and keyboard
- Pebbles Chat - allows users to communicate with other Palm users connected to the same PC
- Shortcutter - allows users to draw panels of controls (buttons, scroll bars, knobs and other widgets) on the Palm and then use them to control any PC application
- MultiCursor and PebblesDraw - drawing application in which each Palm user has their own cursor. PebblesDraw is an experimental, prototype, partially finished application.
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The best use I can imagine for most of this is during presentations. You could use your Palm as a portable control panel to run the PC that is showing the demo. This is especially useful if you are trying to demo several different applications, not just run through a PowerPoint slideshow.
I hope that you found the "PDA Controls" site of use though. The primary purpose for the site is to permit "handicapped / disabled " users that may not otherwise be able to navigate a regular keyboard or mouse, thus excluding or limiting their utilization of a PC. My daughter is in this position and has found the Pebbles software to be indispensible. Thanks for the comments and Have a Great Day!
VNC is too slow
RE: VNC is too slow
VNC and MSTS do not have the same purpose, neither the same weight.
Vnc is ~200 kb for the PC Client, and ~34 kb for the Palm Client.
MSTS needs two floppies + a Windows 95 to work : ~ 60 Mb.
Go CMU !!!!
CARNEGIE MELLON IS THE BOMB!!!!
A proud CMU alumnus,
Imagine flopping on the sofa & using your palm to surf, control MP3 or DVD apps.. the cyber-couch-potato's best friend!
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