A wire­less USB re­ceiver for An­droid de­vices

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There are quite a few so­lu­tions that al­low users to ex­pand the fea­tures of their An­droid de­vice; how­ever, most of them fall short of the In­putStick. Cu­ri­ous? Well, In­putStick is a wire­less USB re­ceiver that plugs into a com­puter and es­tab­lishes a link be­tween that com­puter and your An­droid de­vice by sim­ply run­ning the com­pan­ion app on a de­vice run­ning on at least An­droid 2.3. You can now use your mo­bile de­vice as a key­board, mouse, game con­troller, pre­sen­ta­tion re­mote, bar code scan­ner and even a pass­word man­ager.

In­putStik mea­sures 57x19x9 mm and weighs only 8 grams. It has the USB 2.0 (full speed) in­ter­face. The range of the Blue­tooth 2.1 de­vice is up to 10 me­tres. The de­vice works on An­droid 2.3 or later and needs at least one avail­able USB port to func­tion. Fur­ther, the USB host must sup­ply at least 100 mW of power. The ad­van­tage of In­putStik over other so­lu­tions lies in the fact that it is com­pat­i­ble with any USB-en­abled hard­ware and works out-of-the-box.

There will be sev­eral In­put Stick com­pat­i­ble ap­pli­ca­tions avail­able for free: Re­mote Con­troller, Pass­word Man­ager, Pre­sen­ta­tion Re­mote, Bar­code Scan­ner, Gamepad, etc. To use In­putStick, you will have to in­stall the In­putStick Util­ity app on your An­droid de­vice. It will guide you, step-by-step, through the pair­ing process, al­low you to man­age all your In­putStick de­vices, up­grade firmware if nec­es­sary (via Blue­tooth), and pro­vide the back­ground ser­vices needed for com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween apps and In­putStick. The avail­able An­droid API will al­low you to use In­putStick in your own ap­pli­ca­tions.

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