We all know about the common applications of Bluetooth — I’ve certainly addressed a few of them in this series of reviews. But there are intrepid developers out there who are pushing the envelope of Bluetooth and designing applications with serious wow-factor. Perhaps the coolest of these is a little (1.9mb download) freeware application called PC Control, available on www.christersson.org.
Step One: use your Bluetooth manager to emulate a serial port over a Bluetooth link with your Ericsson mobile phone. If you’re using the Brainboxes software, as I was, simply right-click on the phone’s Serial Port 1 profile and choose Connect.
Step Two: load PC Control, select the right COM port and click connect.
Step Three: control your PC with your mobile phone over Bluetooth.
With PC Control you can use Winamp, another few applications of your choice, or even move and click the mouse simply with your mobile phone. Suddenly, the handset becomes a remote music control, a presentation tool, or a relaxed web-browsing controller as well as a phone. Now that is cool.
PC Control has a number of things going for it. Firstly, it’s hugely easy to set up, and utterly reliable. Secondly, it’s free. Thirdly, (did I mention this already?) it’s immensely cool. What’s also great is that more people have a PC and a phone but no handheld. This sort of application should help Bluetooth immensely by emphasising what can be done outside the enterprise environment for the average tech-savvy consumer, one who is likely to have a Bluetooth mobile phone and a computer. Purchasing a Bluetooth card for one PC is a small investment for phone synchronisation and dial-up alone, but when more innovative applications, such as PC Control, emerge, the deal just gets sweeter.