[Remote] - Remote Control via Wifi or Bluetooth via Webinterface/Java app/...

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  1. maybeme

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    Control MP with a MID via a webinterface or Java app

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    Description:
    A HTPC has a lot of input-possibilities, but the ones I can think of all have some difficulties:

    - Keyboard: Too big, and TV has to be turned on just to play a song
    - Remote: not many buttons or not user-friendly, limited range, and TV has to be turned on just to play a song
    - Touch screen in HTPC case: you need to crawl to your HTPC

    These days, several hardware companies release MIDs for a reasonable price. For example:
    DealExtreme: $151.51 SmartDevices SmartQ 5 4.3" 800 x 480 Touchscreen Linux MID (667MHz ARM CPU/WiFi/Bluetooth/1G Flash)
    DealExtreme: $211.02 SmartDevices SmartQ 7 7.0" Touchscreen Linux MID Internet Tablet (667MHz CPU/WiFi/Bluetooth/1GB)

    These MIDs can work on Windows CE or linux. These could be the ideal solution to use a HTPC. They can be connected via Wifi or Bluetooth. We could make a Java app, so it would work on Windows (CE) and linux, or make a webbased app so it would work on any platform. With their 'big' screen, you can select songs to play, schedule recordings, ... without turning on the TV.

    What do you think?




    A couple of suggestions I received:

    MPProntoPro
    Control MP with your Philips Pronto, but it also works with Windows Mobile. Promising!

    iPimp
    Control MP with your iPhone, or via another Webkit-based browser. Interesting! This should work via a MID

    Blue Portal
    Control MediaPortal with your GSM via Bluetooth.
    Too bad it's made for GSM's with small screen sizes, but is interesting!

    Pocket PC Remote
    Control MediaPortal with your Windows Mobile based device.
    This program isn't maintained anymore, and doesn't work flawlessly with newer versions of MP
     
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    IIRC, there is already a (Java I believe) app for Windows CE and some SmartPhones plus its associated Remote Plugin for MP. A search through the forums should bring it up. See:
    New Plugin: Pocket PC Remote for MP
    Blue Portal - Free Cellphone Remote

    Also IRSS has a WebRemote and a VirtualRemote that works in PocketPC 2003, Windows CE 5.0 and SmartPhone 2003.
     
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    Blue Portal only works for small screens, but is a good suggestion. But I'm affraid it isn't maintained.

    Pocket PC Remote isn't maintained also, and I heard there were a few bugs with newer versions of MP.

    EDIT: iPimp is really interesting, but I don't know if it can be used with other browsers than the one from the iphone.
     
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    The current version of iPiMP works well with webkit based browsers such as safari and google chrome.
     
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    Why not use IRSS which supports (among others) both web and Windows CE virtual remotes?
     
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    If I'm correct, you can't select a song without turning on the TV with that solution. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

    That could be something indeed! Beautiful program! I wonder if it works with Win CE, because it works with Windows Mobile.

    I'll update the first post.
     
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    IRSS handles just the remote control, cannot provide visual feedback, if that is what you mean. But if you have some kind of mini-display on your HTPC you use that (like I do)

    Edit: Another suggestion that comes to mind is to use vnc viewer on your MID, but I don't know how well this would work especially if your MP resolution is full-HD.
     
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    Great initiative. I also struggle with the fact that the TV has to be turned on, only to start a playlist.
    A simple remote control is fine for watching movies or TV, but for merely using the radio streams and audio, it's not a good solution.
    I use VNC on my dektop PC to connect to the HTPC, but it has issues with screen refresh when browsing through lists on MP.

    I would be glad if this initiative would result in a plugin release some day.

    Cheers, Marc
     
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