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Droidmote: a contender for the best remote control app we’ve ever seen

I’ve recently been playing around with a new tool called Droidmote. It’s pretty damn nifty, especially if you’re doing a presentation on the fly. Here’s why:

When I am giving a training session, I use my laptop for demos or presentations. It often happens however that I am not sitting behind my machine, but walking through the classroom. For the next slide or other input on my laptop, I have to walk back. There are software solutions for this, but Droidmote server and client steals the show.

With the server running on the laptop and the client on an Android phone, you have full control using a remote mouse, keyboard, game pad multi-touch touch pad, over a wireless network. And with GamepadTouch2 enabled you can even control touch screen devices.

Set up
Download the client from Google Play store. The server software is free available for Windows, Linux and can be downloaded at. For Android, the server software costs 1.99 Euro on the Google Play store.

On a laptop running Ubuntu 12.04, set permission of the droidserver to 777, copy the file the /usr/bin. Start the server as superuser with ./droidmote 2302 ; 2302 is the standard port.

Starting will show the IP number of the server. Next start the client on the android phone and connect to the port with the password. That is all, and works out of the box.

More info at x-developers.

Author Bio

Peter Verweij
After 30 years of lecturing and training at the School of Journalism at Utrecht in journalism, politics and new media, Peter Verweij, started in 2005 his own company D3-Media, which focuses on the following areas: Production of journalistic content for multimedia media and blogs; Research in the area... More