Bluetooth Remote Control – Awesome Technology

A few years ago I bought a Sony Ericsson w810i and absolutely loved it. A lesser known feature at the time was the bluetooth remote control functionality which allowed you to control your PC via your cell phone. Pointless? Well, not entirely. The people at Sony had built 3 profiles. They were Media Player, Presenter and Desktop. Within these they had setup nominal key bindings for the task in question. This meant that clicking the right button on the phone for example, would click the left mouse button, advancing through a slide show.

I moved voice networks a little while back and was landed with a truly awful phone, more on that in another post. Consequently, just recently I managed to afford another Sony Ericsson, this time, a T715. To my delight, the remote control functionality was still there. After some google searching I came across this little gem of a page.

Armed with this, it seems we can control any application we like, and map certain keys to the cell phones keypad. The real question is, how can we make use of such technology beyond the obvious. There are already bindings for things like Media Players etc. Is there anything else we can use this for? I was toying with the idea of a little voice activated app that would tell me certain information audibly, when I pressed a certain button. New Emails, new IMs….that kind of thing. However it seems just that little bit lame. Anyone got any better ideas?

    • Darael
    • January 9th, 2010

    For those who might want to show the nifty features available on their system, you could have a single keypress on the phone run a little script that gets the machine to flick through some of its more impressive features – the ability to do this from a phone naturally being the first showoff feature!

    • Riddles
    • January 9th, 2010

    I have this and it’s awesome!

    • Philip Peitsch
    • January 10th, 2010

    MPD remote control via bluetooth using Remuco:

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