Logitech’s Touch Mouse iPhone app can make your iPhone be utilized as a wireless mouse and keyboard for your computer.
Here is a new way of putting your iPhone to another good use. Given the form factor of iPhone it perfectly fits in as a mouse for your computer. Logitech jumped in to leverage the iPhone form factor so it can be used as a mouse and keyboard. All you have to do is, download the iPhone app to your iPhone and an equivalent server app to your computer. Let them establish a connection over Wi-fi and there you have a wireless mouse and a keyboard.
First, download and install the “Logitech Touch Mouse Server” app from Logitech’s website. It supports the Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP and Mac OSX platforms. Download and install the appropriate version. Launch the app on your computer and leave it open.
Then, download and install Logitech “Touch Mouse” app on your iPhone (iTunes link).
Launch Touch Mouse and wait for it to identify the devices on the network. If it doesn’t identify your computer (it didn’t identify my Windows laptop!) you can enter your computer’s IP address to let it connect. Tap on the computer name and wait for it to establish the connection. Once done, your iPhone can now be used as a keyboard and mouse.
Even though I like the idea of using iPhone as a mouse it really is a not a great idea to use it as a keyboard. But a common use case is that if you connect your computer to your TV then you don’t have to worry about keeping an external mouse and keyboard. You can just leverage your iPhone as an input device. Good idea!
(some images from Logitech)