Control The Intel NUC / Compute Stick PCs with Your Android Device
Although Intel, as a company, has its core focus on supplying processors for desktops and laptops, it has recently delved into the mobile space with a range of devices which are powered by its own mobile chips now. Along with that, they are also pushing for small form factor computers that run Intel hardware: the well-known NUC (Next Unit of Computing) platform and a little less popular Compute Stick.
In the latest attempt, they have coupled these diminutive PCs with a new mobile app of their own to give you more control over your systems.
The Santa Clara, Calif-based chip makers have released a new application called Intel Remote Keyboard. The app allows users of the NUC or Compute Stick platforms to use the touchscreen of their Android-powered device as a mouse or keyboard for the PC. Once you pair the app up with either your NUC Mini PC or Intel Compute Stick, you can use gestures to control the system remotely using your Android phone or tablet.
For example, when in mouse mode, you can tap with one finger to perform a left click, while a two finger tap will activate the right click. Sliding your finger across the right side of the screen will emulate a scrolling motion to drag the page up and down. The app also brings a full QWERTY keyboard with Windows-specific buttons to realize your typing needs.
While the app should work with any computer running Windows 8.1, it really comes in handy on Intel Compute Stick. Which is essentially a PC in a dongle format that plugs into the HDMI port on a monitor, projector or HDTV and turns their display into a full-fledged computer. But when you use the Compute Stick for your computing tasks over bigger displays, you may not always have a keyboard and or trackpad nearby.
So Intel Remote Keyboard app seems to be viable solution; in addition, it also sets the Stick’s one and only USB port free for a flash drive or other accessories.
The app is available for free from the Google Play store, and is compatible with any Android device which is running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and up.
Download Intel Remote Keyboard for Android
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