App Review: Air Mouse Pro by R.P.A. Tech
Air Mouse Pro by R.P.A. Tech was originally released way back in September during the App Store’s infancy. One of the first apps in the app store that offered great, usable functionality on your iPhone or iPod Touch. Air Mouse Pro gives you a remote/wireless touch pad and keyboard for your Mac OS or Windows computers.
Mobile Air Mouse instantly transforms your iPhone or iPod touch into an in air, wireless remote for your computer! Sit back and surf the web, browse your photo library or control your music player from the comfort of your couch. Mobile Air Mouse uses the built in accelerometer to translate your hand motions into mouse movements on your screen. It can also operate as a trackpad, allowing you to control your computer with a single finger.
R.P.A. Tech sent me an app code to Air Mouse Pro a few weeks ago and I have been using the app off and on ever since. At first I wasn’t sure how I would actually use the app in a meaningful way but being a tech/gadget guy I was happy to have it loaded on my iPhone. I have since found that the app actually has many uses such as presentations in the office and especially in the home theater realm as indicated by R.P.A. on the apps official description:
Mobile Air Mouse is an essential part of any home theater PC and a presenter’s best friend. Mobile Air Mouse uses an innovative application notification system to let the iPhone know what program you are running at any time and show the appropriate keys for that program. This allows Mobile Air Mouse to provide a single screen for controlling ALL your media and web applications.
Setup was incredibly easy and took maybe 2 minutes. I downloaded and installed the helper application from their website. Once the software is installed start up the app on your device and it will automatically find and connect to the PC running the app. Now that the app is connected you’re good to go. Touch the track pad, bring up a keyboard, start iTunes or Firefox, etc. The great thing is that Air Mouse Pro changes screens/interface depending on what application it is controlling on the PC. So for Firefox, you get forward/back button, access to a keyboard and more. For iTunes, you get all the necessary buttons to navigate and control your media. There’s also a generic mouse/keyboard interface for all your other applications too.
In all, I really like Air Mouse Pro. I am a home theater enthusiast and this app has found a permanent home on my iPhone and iPod Touch. If you’re looking for a remote mouse/track pad for your device then look no further, we’re pretty confident that there’s nothing better in the iTunes App Store.
Air Mouse Pro is $5.99 in the iTunes App Store.
Developer Website: http://www.mobileairmouse.com/