Intel Remote Keyboard for Android Smartphone lets you control your PC from your couch

Intel has quietly launched a free Android app over the weekend that will allow you to use your phone as a keyboard and trackpad for your PC.

Intel Remote Keyboard designed for Intel® NUC and Compute Stick devices, remote control your mouse and keyboard in Windows 8.1 with your smartphone or tablet, it can be used with mini PCs that are about the size of a flash drive and doesn’t ship with peripherals — but you can use it on any system running Windows 7 or 8.

Download the Android app and install the companion desktop software; The Intel® Remote Keyboard Host App allows you to control your Intel® NUC or Intel® Compute Stick from your mobile device (smartphone or tablet). and you’re all set. When your devices are on the same Wi-Fi network, Intel Remote Keyboard will detect your PC automatically.

The app includes an on-screen virtual keyboard and a virtual trackpad with a scroll bar, and supports both portrait and landscape modes. You can move your finger along the empty space to control your cursor, tap to left-click and tap with two fingers to right-click. To scroll, swipe your finger on the scroll bar.

There are many other remote input apps for phones, including Unified Remote and our aging favorite, Goldworm Remote Control generally Used in your smart phone as a PC remote control. Intel’s offering works better than the other free apps we’ve ever tried, with hassle-free setup and quick connectivity.

Whether you just bought a PC-on-a-stick or want to control your laptop from your couch, this is a neat app to have on hand.

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