How many times have you been comfortably sitting on your couch enjoying a movie on your computer when suddenly you realize you have to get up? Either the volume is too low or you have to press the play button for the millionth time; whatever the reason it’s at that exact moment when you wish you had a remote control for your computer, don’t you? How many of you have thought how cool it would be to have a pointer like device to directly aim and click?

What about the Wii motion devices in your twenty-one-century-like computer games? Struggle no more, we have the solution. The Droid-Mote is an android app which connects any device to your Windows-Linux-Mac computer by RFB (remote frame buffer) protocol from VNC, the well-known and common remote control application, and makes use of the phone motion sensors (compass and accelerometers) to move the computer screen pointer wherever you aim.

Smartphones have been around us a long time, every generation turns the previous devices into stone-age rocks as their processing power grows exponentially, along with new and exciting technologies. As developers and true believers, our commitment to essay and play should lead us through the path of innovation and fun as we devise new uses for well known (and sometimes forgotten) capabilities.

Droidmote is humble in its intended functionality but it serves as a starting point to better understand certain technologies like accelerometers, gyroscopes and compasses and their possible applications. Could we attach them to the PC and use them to learn, to measure, to draw, to model and play? Sure! Why not?

Also, why keep thinking of Smartphones as limited devices when some of them have more memory and bigger processing power than many computers? It’s time to understand them as handheld computers. Let’s forgot about that limited Bluetooth connection and start connecting the dots between our computers and our phones. Let’s try to leave that privative phone software behind as we move on to TCP and a more direct and flexible connectivity with our computer OS. VNC and its communication protocol (RFB) provides an excellent framework advance that ever uncertain first step.

Want to Join the Team?

Are you an Android or Java developer? Do you know/like physic calculations? Wanna learn? If so, we want you!

How many times have you been comfortably sitting on your couch enjoying a movie on your computer when suddenly you realize you have to get up? Either the volume is too low or you have to press the play button for the millionth time; whatever the reason it’s at that exact moment when you wish you had a remote control for your computer, don’t you? How many of you have thought how cool it would be to have a pointer like device to directly aim and click?

Droid-mote is being developed over Android SDK-8, implementing a reduced RFB communication protocol that translates the data from the built-in motion sensors to mouse pointer movement. It’s in current state of development and we need to improve and smooth out the calculations for the sensors data reading and the pointer movement. Also, graphic design and functionality upgrade suggestion are well received!

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