use iPad as keyboard for pc over bluetooth

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  1. spitzmuller macrumors newbie

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    Hi there.

    I am trying to figure out if there is a way to use the iPad as a keyboard for a pc or mac. I don't want to install any software on the pc, but just use bluetooth instead and write an app that fakes a bluetooth keyboard for the pc. Is this even possible? If yes, how? Any other ideas on how to connect the iPad to a PC as an keyboard without installing additional software on the PC?

    Thanks in advance for your help Greets Simon
     
  2. peterjcat macrumors 6502

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    You can do it if you jailbreak the iPad and use a custom Bluetooth stack, but there's no way for a regular app to make the iPad pretend to be a Bluetooth keyboard. WeBe++ seems to do exactly what you're trying to do, but it does require a jailbreak.
     
  3. Anonymous Freak macrumors 601

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    There are plenty of iOS applications that send keyboard/mouse events over VNC, and a few that use a custom software stack on the computer side. I use one called simply "TouchPad", along with RealVNC on my Windows system and OS X's built-in VNC support on OS X.
     
  4. spitzmuller thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for pointing out the right direction for me! WeBe++ is actually exactly what I was looking for, or more precisely, BTstack is. Pitty the ipad has to be jailbroken for that, though.

    Greets Simon
     
  5. Captain America macrumors 6502

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    I find it strange that someone would want to use it as a keyboard instead of a keyboard with it. So far, it hasnt been the easiest thing to type on.
     
  6. palpatine macrumors 68040

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    lol.

    as much as i appreciate the fact that the ipad has a virtual keyboard, it isn't something i would choose over a regular keyboard. it's kind of like those hackers who replaced their mouse functions with the x-box kinect interface. kinect is cool for games, but pretty clumsy compared to a mouse.

    sometimes people just want to do stuff to see if they can :)
     
  7. spitzmuller thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Who said I wanted to use the virtual keyboard? I'd like buttons on my ipad that write whole textblocks on the pc. In my business, I write reports that many times consist of always the same sentences, so together with a regular keyboard, this could speed up my reportwriting tremendously

    Not so strange anymore, huh?
     
  8. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    Uh... Isn't that what macros are for? What programs are you using on your PC? If it is a halfway decent word processor, it should have macro functions. Or maybe you should look into templates. In our firm, we use templates for standard business letters that we just call up as we need them, then use a macro to automatically insert client address, fill in stuff like date and other items particular to that letter, and bam, we are done.
     
  9. matttye macrumors 601

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    Don't even need macros, just autocorrect.

    I'm a legal secretary and have hundreds of shortcuts through autocorrect. For example, a simple one, "yf" turns into:

    "Yours faithfully


    my company name here"

    Autocorrect can replace text with anything, even complex layouts using tables, images etc :)

    Edit:

    The above assumes using Microsoft word 2007 or newer.
     
  10. Anonymous Freak macrumors 601

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    I use it to control my media center PC. No dedicated keyboard/mouse needed, just an app on my iPhone/iPad.
     
  11. spitzmuller thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yeah, I know about macros and autocorrect.

    Unfortunately the third party application we have to use (hospital setting) is crappy, does not support text blocks or autocorrection. Plus there would be so many textblocks (100s) that remembering the shortcut is cumbersome. But thanks for your input, it is always good to hear how others do it.

    Simon
     
  12. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    Well, that sucks, I'm sorry you are stuck using such a crappy program. Still, I don't think there are any apps that lets you push a button on your iPad to send text to PC, unless you write one yourself. And if such an app did exist, it would likely send text to the PC through the network rather than Bluetooth.
     
  13. spitzmuller thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hi there NightSpring

    I have not found any app that does that so far. And it is imperative that it doesn't rely on additional software installed on the pc, so bluetooth might be the only way.

    I am about to write an app myself, but the project is huge since I'm new to iOS-Programming. I will have to get some practice first. Do you want me to let you know when I've come up with something that works?

    Greets Simon
     
  14. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    There may be other people on this board who might be interested, but I personally don't need such an app, thanks. Good luck with finding or writing an app that works for you.
     
  15. ejberg macrumors newbie

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    Does anyone know if it would be possible to use the iPad as a keyboard using the new Bluetooth Low Energy API? It'd be cool to be able to use something like the Bluegiga BLED112 dongle as a bluetooth keyboard dongle with the iPad.
     
  16. Anonymous Freak macrumors 601

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    If you have the iPad up and running, Bluetooth (and even WiFi) is such a minor amount of energy consumed compared to having the CPU, GPU, and screen going, that BT Low Energy wouldn't matter. BT Low Energy is meant more for ultra-low-power devices like heart rate monitors, shoe running sensors, and possibly keyboards where they only use power when an event is being generated (pressing a button.) The iPad, when being used "as a device", is drawing way more power just running than the Bluetooth or WiFi adds, that it doesn't matter.
     
  17. MacBH928 macrumors 68030

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    So did any one find a way to type on the Mac OS X using the ipad/iphone?

    I like to keep my macbook away but i need to bring it closer to reach the keyboard, So typing through ipad/iphone will help a lot.

    I already have wireless mouse
     
  18. Anonymous Freak macrumors 601

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    Um... Did you read the thread at all? :confused:
     
  19. ooper1 macrumors newbie

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    It would be to extend the limiting functionality

    I agree that there is no point in that. I am not sure what originators motivations, but mine would be to customize the functionality of the keyboard in ways that the physical keyboard and mouse couldn't. You might for instance have a set of pop-ups of a customized menuing system for specific applications and be able to switch among them, such as CAD/CAM and graphic design.
    in its simplest form, you can have more function keys at your disposal.
    Ergonomically you don't have to reach out to the mouse or other input devices. You could use the same real estate for both the mouse and the keyboard.
     
  20. Plugs macrumors newbie

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    Use case: I travel with a Windows8 slate (required for business stuff) and an iPad (for personal consumables like on-flight ezines, music, etc). It would be great to use either tablet as the keyboard for the other, rather than carry additional keyboards for each or suffering both of their own screen-covering virtual keyboards. WiFi solutions exist for use as keyboards - why not a more straightforward bluetooth solution?
     
  21. ToomeyND macrumors 6502

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    Bump. I'm looking for the same thing. I have a mini that I regularly move to my big screen for watching tv shows and movies. My couch is about 15 feet away. So I use "air keyboard" to connect via my wifi network. But sometimes I bring my mini with me on the road. I don't want to always have to bring my keyboard and mouse because connecting to a local network isn't feasible.

    Could I just create a network with my mini and connect to that?
     
  22. Plugs macrumors newbie

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    Apps like Benzle remote keyboard-mouse or Logitech Touch Mouse allow using an adhoc network IP setup, so yes, but this gets messy if then you want to connect to the internet (switch networks and reconnect with the "keyboard" on the hotel LAN?). A bluetooth-based keyboard app would keep network/lnternet issues separate from local hardware issues.
     

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