We’ve seen a lot of fairly basic remote apps for a variety of applications, but RoboHippo has done something a bit different with its new HTPC remote control app. The app integrates with your Windows, Mac, or Linux box and gives you full, multitouch, macro-supporting control over your entire PC.
Not only is the app a multitouch trackpad, but its macros are incredibly powerful. For example, you can automate Windows login with a swipe, or if Vudu keeps insisting on logging you out twice a day, you can set up a macro to quickly remedy that. By tapping your custom layout for, say, Windows Media Center, it will automatically task switch to that app, and (I think this is really slick) if you’re watching a movie on your HTPC and get a phone call, it automatically hits pause for you. Scrolling when you’re web browsing is accomplished by touching the bottom, and then spinning your thumb clockwise our counter depending on the way you want to go.
- Multi-touch trackpad
- Programmable remote control
- 60+ supported apps (full list)
- Add your own apps
- App & link launching
- Thumb scrolling
- Configurable gamepad
- Boxee/Plex/XBMC gesturepad
- Works with Windows, Mac, Linux
- Keyboard history
- Full international character support
- Integrated web browser
- Login manager
- Proximity sensor
- Dropbox syncing
- Background multitasking
These app-based remotes are getting more full-featured all the time. If only there was an equally affordable IR blaster with an open protocol they could all hook into for control of other home theater devices, we’d really be in business. Watch the video below to see it in action.
Hippo Remote has both a free “Lite” version, and a $4.99 full version, both available on the app store.