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QUESTION: Dear Deirdre

1. Can a remote control device can be built for a Laptops and Desktops ?. i.e. Is it technically feasible to built a remote control similar to a Television set remote control device ?.

The remote control device will have functions such as power on/off the laptop, desktop devices, restart/reboot, shutdown, accessing  BIOS Setup program, accessing specific applications/programs etc.

2. Do you feel a remote control device for Laptops, Desktop computers if designed and manufactured can be useful to the consumer market ?


Awaiting your reply,

Thanks & Regards,
Prashant S Akerkar

ANSWER: Such a device is possible, and, except for the power-on switch, is very common - remote wireless keyboards and mice already exist. Given that you are using computers, some method to input text is necessary for many applications, so the wireless keyboard and mouse is the best option. Some keyboards can be quite small. It might be possible to build a wireless keyboard that included a touch-screen display, which could also be used to remotely control a desktop machine, and wirelessly send a scaled down version of the display suitable for the remote device, and such a thing might be useful for certain applications, such as a media server.



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QUESTION: Dear Deirdre

Thank you.

Do you feel such a remote control device can be manufactured for all desktops and laptops running different Operating Systems viz Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac Os, Sun Solaris, Linux, IBM AIX, IBM Os/2, HP UX etc

Awaiting your reply,

Thanks & Regards,
Prashant S Akerkar

ANSWER: It could be manufactured for all modern operating systems. OS/2 is no longer in production, but it has been replaced with eComStation. Sun was purchased by Oracle, and Solaris is now known as Oracle Solaris. You would likely need to provide drivers for each operating system you intend to support.

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QUESTION: Dear Deirdre

Thank you.

The Remote control device will be a combination of wireless keyboard and wireless mouse functionality will have push buttons similar to a TV Remote control device. The Remote control device will work on infrared technology. Instead of a Flat Horizontal Keyboard interface the remote control device will be vertical rectangle screen similar to a TV Remote control device.

Awaiting tour reply,

Thanks & Regards,
Prashant S Akerkar

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Companies who are trying new technologies spend a great deal of money constructing prototypes and trying them out with groups of people to see how they might be accepted in the marketplace.
Today, computers have adopted Bluetooth and RF instead of IR. Few laptops or desktops utilize IR today, and for compatibility, it might be best to use current, rather than out-dated technology. It would also facilitate the construction of a prototype - Bluetooth adapters and wireless adapters are readily available to plug into a USB port.

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Deirdre Hebert

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I can answer most questions regarding electronic components, what they are and how to use them.

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I worked for a number of years in the electronic component testing industry, designing and building automated test equipment for the electronic manufacturing industry.

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Numerous technical manuals for the equipment we built.

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UNH, CCAF and others

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General Electric, Motorola, Ford, Sensonor and others.

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