Use your Cell Phone as a Presentation Controller
Last month I finally updated my old cell phone that was beat up, scratched, and locked up once a day with a Sony Ericsson w580i (Walkman). The phone is a sleek “slider” model. Students who have seen me with it have congratulated me on finally upgrading my old phone.
So far, I have enjoyed the upgrade. The phone comes with a USB sync cable, and the synchronization software (for Outlook) is also free. Two items that other manufacturers have notoriously charged a ridiculously high amount for their phones. As nice as those features are, my favorite feature is the option to use the phone as a bluetooth remote control on my PC. With a USB bluetooth adapter, I am able to connect with my laptop and control the mouse. This works very well with presentation software like Powerpoint.
Bluetooth adapters cost around $30, but wireless presentation remotes cost around $50. So, if you have to buy a bluetooth USB adapter, you still come out ahead than buying a wireless presentation remote.
I have tried out three bluetooth adapters on my computers. D-Link and Jabra adapters work well. The I-O Gear adapter did not work well with the w850i.