Remote control to match 007 gadgets
Product: Toshiba Ubiquitous Viewer
Price: Not available
Pros: Promises greater availability of technical or application support for PC users
Cons: Remote control of a PC using a mobile device has been done before
Remember the James Bond movie where the British super spy used a Sony Ericsson mobile phone to remotely rev up and drive his BMW sports car?
That scenario may remain in the realm of celluloid fantasy, but remote control of a personal computer from a mobile phone is set for commercial roll out.
Toshiba last week announced the release of its Ubiquitous Viewer Software, which it claims is the first product of its kind.
Ubiquitous Viewer provides access to any Windows operating system-based home or office PC.
It allows users to open productivity software such as Microsoft's Office suite, and to read and modify files.
The Japanese electronics giant said the software also supported access to PC-based e-mail, the internet browser and other PC applications wherever the mobile phone user was.
Ubiquitous Viewer offers a mobile phone menu to enable remote access and use of the PC, and advanced data compression technology to support rapid transfer of data between a PC and a mobile phone.
Secure data transfers are achieved by secure socket layer encryption and by use of a one-time password for opening the link between the mobile phone and the PC.
Ubiquitous Viewer will debut in CDMA 1X mobile phones from Japanese operator KDDI's network this March.
Toshiba said it planned to extend use of the software to other mobile network operators worldwide.
But Toshiba should do some careful checking before making any more bold claims. A little-known Italian company called Bitween Soluzione (www.bitween.com) earlier released an application dubbed Remote Control to access and control a Windows-based PC using either a Sony Ericsson P800 or Nokia's 9210 Communicator.