A remote mouse/trackpad app for Apple Watch?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch Apps' started by James Baldwin, Apr 28, 2015.

  1. James Baldwin macrumors regular

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    Anyone aware of an app that allows you to use your watch as a remote trackpad/mouse to control your Mac/PC? I have such an app for my phone (remote mouse) but it currently doesn't offer that capability for your watch.


    I've been hoping this capability would come on the watch through an app for a long long time and if it existed wold make the entire watch more than worth it (for me).


    Thanks guys in advance
     
  2. bjdraw macrumors 6502a

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    I haven't tried the Watch App, but I noticed my favorite iOS mouse app supports it. Mobilemouse.com
     
  3. James Baldwin thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yeah I looked at that, it seems like a really good app (it links to your Mac by bluetooth so you don't need wifi a common issue I face with remote mouse) but the apple watch app for mobile mouse doesn't allow you to use your watch as a trackpad either just gives you limited options. Hopefully they are working on a trackpad capability then I will definitely buy mobile mouse.
     
  4. Delta-NC macrumors member

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    You wont see these any time soon I'm afraid. There is no way to detect screen interactions (other than button presses) or gyro data. The best they could do is some kind of d-pad which you would need to press repeatedly.
     
  5. James Baldwin thread starter macrumors regular

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    What do you mean? The touchscreen can surely do so just as it does on the iPhone app? When you are scrolliing or browsing your homepage apps the track gin on the watch works just fine, how could they not translate that into a trackpad?

    I'm not a computer expert by any stretch of the imagination but I simply assume that if they can do this for the iPhone they can do so for the watch.


    Please correct me if I am wrong.
     
  6. BrettDS macrumors 6502a

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    You are wrong. The problem isn't that the watch can't technically do it, but that apple isn't allowing anyone to do it yet. The first watch API's are very restrictive right now and don't allow any apps to get access to the watch hardware. Hopefully this will change in the future with the next few versions of the watch OS.
     
  7. James Baldwin thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ah, now I understand. Thanks for explaining :D
     

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