(Virtual Network Computing) is one of the of oldest remote desktop solutions around, and while its RFB (remote framebuffer) protocol can require a little more bandwidth than the competition, it's long been praised for its broad cross-platform support and elegant simplicity. Last year, RealVNC
teamed up with Intel to incorporate a bona fide VNC server (using hardware encryption native to vPro
chipsets) into the oldest bit of PC firmware -- the BIOS
. As such, you can securely control a remote computer's BIOS, mount a disk image, and install an OS from the comfort of your living room halfway across the globe. The future is now -- you're welcome. Take a look at RealVNC's IDF 2011
demo in the gallery below and our hand-on video after the break.
Dante Cesa contributed to this report.