Intel Remote Keyboard Lets You Control Your PC From Your Smartphone

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New Android app supports any PC running Windows 7, 8 or 8.1

Intel has released a new remote keyboard app that will let users access their PC wirelessly, giving a whole new meaning to the term flexible working.

Designed for the computing giant’s NUC and Compute Stick devices, which pack an entire PC into a unit the size of a USB drive, the free Android app gives control of the mouse and keyboard using your smartphone screen.

This means there’s no need to be directly connected to your PC, allowing you to work wherever you want.

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intelremotekeyboardUsers simply need to download the Android app and install the companion desktop software to get started, with devices detecting each other automatically once they are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

The app displays an on-screen keyboard and a trackpad with a scroll bar on your smartphone’s screen, and supports both portrait and landscape modes.

To control the cursor, users move their finger along the empty space, with scrolling operated by swiping a finger on the scroll bar.

Clicking is done by tapping with one finger for a left-click, and with two fingers to right-click.

TechWeekEurope got a look at the latest version of Intel’s Compute Stick at the company’s Future Showcase event last month.

The plug-in device connects with an HDMI port to turn any display into a computer, and packs a quad-core Intel Atom processor, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage into a unit around the size of a packet of gum, and also includes Bluetooth connectivity, meaning accessories such as keyboards and mice can also be hooked up.

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