January 19, 2005
Toshiba New Software Turns Mobile Phone Into PC Remote
Toshiba Tuesday unveiled software that can help users access their personal computers with their mobile phone handsets, reports Cellular News.
"The new software, called the "Ubiquitous Viewer," gives users access to computers using Microsoft Windows-based operating systems.
Unlike some existing varieties, Toshiba said the new software enables users to view and edit all kinds of files on their PCs, as well as access their Internet browsers and other applications on their computers from their mobile phones.
Toshiba said it is in talks with some handset makers, but declined to comment which other makers might use the software.
Of Japan's nearly 80 million mobile handsets in use, nearly half are used in a corporate environment, Toshiba said. Of that, between 2 million to 4 million handsets already have functions that enable them to be linked to personal computers.
Toshiba expects the market for such corporate-use mobile handsets to double to 4 million to 8 million handsets by around 2010. "
-- Hey! Stop changing the channel with your phone! - An entry from Keitai Log on how Japanese teenagers use the infrared device of their keita - mostly as a remote control to change TV channels.
-- A robot in the museum - The museum of Kitakyusyu allows visitors, who are not physically able to make it to the museum, to remote control a robot (the T63 Artemis) via their NTT DoCoMo cell phone (FOMA"900i series) and take pictures - through the robot.
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