Air Mouse? A full two years after the introduction of that very product, there's now an acceptable, bargain-bin alternative: the Air Mouse. Er, the Air Mouse app for iPod touch / iPhone. This here nugget of code, which is selling for just $1.99 in the App Store, taps into your iDevice's inbuilt gyroscopes as well as the company's own MotionSense technology in order to convert your handheld into a mouse. No need to fish for a surface, though -- simply wave your iPhone around in order to take advantage of in-air cursor control and gesture recognition. It's a dream come true for HTPC owners (Macs and PCs are supported), though critics are suggesting that Mobile Mouse may actually be superior. If you've already parted ways with your buck-ninety-nine, let us know how things are panning out in comments below.
MOVEA UNVEILS AIR MOUSETM APP FOR iPHONE4
air mouse app turns iphone4 into in-air motion controllerfor PC-CONNECTED HOME THEATER and BUSINESS presentations
MILPITAS, Calif., November 23, 2010 – Movea, the pioneer in motion-sensing and motion-control technologies for business communications, home entertainment and computer peripherals, has announced its Air Mouse application for the iPhone4 is now available for $1.99 in the App Store. The new Air Mouse app empowers iPhone4 users to transform their phone into an in-air motion controller for home media and presentation uses.
Utilizing the iPhone4's gyroscope and Wi-Fi connectivity, Movea's Air Mouse application enables users to kick back and relax while watching high quality, web-based entertainment from the comfort of their couch and is the perfect navigation tool for online and home media center digital entertainment. With the new Air Mouse app, the user's natural hand movements can drive more powerful presentation delivery, more interactive classroom lectures, and more immersive motion gaming. With Movea's Air Mouse app and the iPhone4's Wi-Fi range of over 100 feet, presenters have the freedom to move around the room to captivate and engage their audiences.
"We are excited to enable iPhone4 users to transform their phones into a powerful, motion-sensing peripheral to create poetry in motion for more effective communications and more immersive entertainment experiences," said Bryan Hoadley, Executive Vice President of worldwide sales and General Manager of Movea, Inc.
Accompanying the iPhone4 app is Movea's powerful MotionTools software, available for Mac or PC. MotionTools gives users a suite of effects and tools that allow them to customize, activate and control desktop applications with the flick of their wrist. MotionTools includes a wide range of tools for web browsers, media players, and presentations:
§ Dynamic display scroll, pan, and zoom
§ Pen drawing, image stamps, and highlighter
§ Cut, paste, and other menu keystroke shortcuts
§ Internet, and other application hotkeys
§ Media player and volume controls
§ Presentation tools
MotionTools and the Air Mouse app enable a presenter to turn their computer's cursor into a highlighter, laser pointer or pen. MotionTools also has built in gesture recognition that allows users to gently swipe their phone in the air to launch applications, skip through songs in a playlist, activate presentation effects, navigate the web, and much, much more. For more information about the Air Mouse app and other Movea products, visit www.movea.com.
Movea is a leading provider of motion processing chips, software, firmware, and IP for the Consumer Electronics industry. Movea's unique motion processing capabilities enable customers and partners to quickly add motion intelligence to their products, meaning reduced risk, cost, and Time-to-Market for delivering compelling new motion-based features that create more end-user value. Movea has a global reach with headquarters in Grenoble, France, a U.S. subsidiary in Silicon Valley, California, as well as technology partners, manufacturing partners and distributors around the world. Movea also owns the Gyration brand of consumer electronics products; makers of the original Air Mouse. Further information about Movea can be found at www.movea.com.