Distance no barrier. Start your PC remotely with a 3G mobile phone, read/edit documents, send emails, .. use the remote PC just the same way you would if you are sitting before the PC. Toshiba's Ubiquitous Viewer is here.
Ubiquitous Viewer is a software developed by Toshiba Corporation, designed to remotely operate a windows PC with a mobile phone. The software is installed in th PC as well as the mobile phone. The 3G phone, loaded with Ubiquitous Viewer can remotely start the PC with a Wake-On function, by sending traffic its way.
The mobile keypad becomes a virtual QWERTY keyboard, and the PC screen appears on the mobile screen. Since the cellphone screen is tiny, only a portion of the PC screen will be visible. The virtual screen on the mobile phone can be moved in real time by the mobile user across the virtual desktop. The cursor on the mobile screen works as a mouse cursor. Ubiquitous Viewer brings complete access to the PC via the cellphone.
Toshiba has tied up with Japanese cell service provider to put Ubiquitous Viewer to use. It will take some time for the technology to be rolled out in other countries. Meanwhile, expect other softare makers also to come up with similar solutions.
Currently, there are no tools available to remote-control PC from a mobile. Keeping hacking tools like BO2K aside, genuine remote PC software like Go2mYPC and LogMeIn come for a price. These software can be used to remote-control a PC from another PC. Ubiquitous Viewer changes the paradigm and creates a new niche. In another three years, expect all new phones to come with Ubiquitous Viewer or one of its advance cousins.
In Japan, Ubiquitous Viewer can be used over a Bluetooth short-range wireless connection or with KDDI Corp.'s 3G Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) 2000 1xEvDO (Evolution Data Only) network with mobile phones that use Brew (Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless) software. The 3G network offers a maximum speed of 2.4Mbit/sec. Toshiba is also working on a version of Ubiquitous Viewer that works on WCDMA networks and with Java-enabled phones, A