Air Mouse Pro for iPhone full review
Sometimes I feel shackled by my computer’s keyboard and mouse. When I give presentations, watch movies from the sofa in my office, or need to start a task away from my desk, I don’t always want to be within arm’s length of my mouse. So I appreciate the freedom offered by Mobile Air Mouse,, a full-featured remote control from R.P.A. Tech.
Using the accelerometer and touchscreen of either an iPhone or iPod touch, Air Mouse works over a local Wi-Fi network to control you computer’s mouse and keyboard. Before using the app, you do need to install a small application on your computer - there’s a version for both Mac OS X and Windows users - which manages the connection and controls many of the mouse and keyboard settings.
The Air Mouse Pro screen features a two-button trackpad on the top half of the screen, while the bottom half switches between media control buttons and a keyboard. I found Air Mouse Pro to be as responsive and stable as my current wireless mouse, with touchscreen mousing no different using a computer trackpad.
Mobile Air Mouse is compatible with any iPhone or iPod touch running the iPhone 2.1 software update. The desktop application runs on Mac OS X 10.4 or later as well as Windows XP/Vista (32/64 bit).
[Kate Dohe is a graduate student in library and information science at the University of Hawai’i in Honolulu; she works with the Laboratory for Interactive Learning Technologies as a designer and site administrator.]