One more option to reduce Media Box hassle
Media box set-ups are one of the most efficient ways to turn your computer into a home media powerhouse. Unfortunately, they also often necessitate the use of a wired mouse and keyboard. Thankfully, the YouTube Blog has just announced a new app that should reduce mouse dependency in many of us.
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The YouTube Remote app is in the Android Market today. It creates a virtual connection between your phone, and YouTube Leanback. Pairing your phone to the TV is as easy as signing into YouTube Remote on your phone and Leanback on your TV. Then you can control YouTube entirely with your multitouch smartphone.
This app is in beta form right now. Google wants feedback, so be loud and let your thoughts be known if you have a suggestion for improvement. If you like the idea of a multitouch remote for your media box set-up and want it to extend further than YouTube, you may want to try an Arc Touch Mouse.
If you want your mouse to basically be a second multitouch slab, you could always go with the Speedlink Que 2.4 GHz multitouch mouse. You can actually program new gestures into this one. And it costs less than the Arc...$56, versus $70.
Of course, you could always hope and pray for the US launch (or importation) of the GenosTV. This cable-free universal remote has everything you need to be a true couch potato, including a full QWERTY keyboard and a disk-shaped design.
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While all of those things cost money, the YouTube Remote app can be downloaded by people in the US right now, for free. Just click here.