Turn your Mac into a Bluetooth Zombie
If like my you are still in the throes of playing with the possibilites of your bluetooth phone, you may be interested in using it as a remote control.
There are a number of tools out there for turning your bluetooth phone into a control device for . The upside to this method is that it's entirely free. The downside is this method works only for the following SE Bluetooth phones Z800, S700, K700 and K750i. When I first got my k750i, I discovered there was a remote control feature for any paired bluetooth device. While this works in principle it wasn't working 100% with iTunes , DVD Player and Keynote, the three apps I would consider using with a remote control. Easy to fix that though. A quick trip to the Sony Ericsson website uncovered a tool for mapping keyboard shortcuts to the phone keypad.
- Download the Sony Ericcson Bluetooth Remote Control Tool.
- Open up the keyboard shortcuts window for the app of your choice
- Fill in the required panels with the appropriate shortcuts
- Save the keypad shortcuts file as something like iTunes.hid
"The BluetoothTM HID (Human Interface Device) profile is built on the USB (Universal Serial Bus) HID stand- ard. Bluetooth mouse devices, keyboards and other devices for computer remote control can be devel- oped using this standard. "
- Transfer it using Bluetooth File Exchange to the phone. You will be asked to accept it and if you now want to use it.
- If you want to tweak it further you can extract the PNG file used as the remote control faceplate and tweak it to something more Mac like.
I made up a few examples hid files for iTunes, DVD player and Keynote with some appropriate faceplates. You can tweak the buttons or make new png faceplates if you like the buttons in a different configuration.
[Update] There are a number of additional controllers available from Salling Clicker that do pretty much the same job