What device does Steve Jobs use in his presentations? Advice on remote control please

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  1. hajime, Jan 29, 2011
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    hajime macrumors 68030

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    Hello. Anybody knows what Steve uses to advance the slides in his presentations? Thanks.
     
  2. chrismacguy macrumors 68000

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    Its not an Apple Remote, its a blue clicker from quite a while ago (hes been using it for years) - the best article I could find about it was written by Mike Evangelist (Former Apple Exec) - it can be found on his site here.
     
  3. hajime thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Thanks. I could not clearly see him holding a remote control. So, I thought somebody might have done it for him or he timed his speech so well that both verbal and visual presentations matched nicely.
     
  4. hajime thread starter macrumors 68030

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    What are the best remote controllers for Keynote? Any advice please.
     
  5. el-John-o macrumors 65816

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    I use the remote that came with the projector, otherwise, an Apple remote, or a bluetooth mouse or something. It's just forward and back, as long as it's reliable and has good range, your fine. If possible, I prefer to use something that either uses a USB dongle, or is bluetooth, to eliminate the need for line of sight.
     
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    You can't have Steve Jobs' remote.

    It controls the RDF, and we could only trust Steve with that kind of power.
     
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    lol! :D

    [Edit] He hasn't used the blue clicker since two crapped out on him during a keynote (forgot which one). He now uses a PerfectCue Mini.
    You can clearly see it at 0:07 in the Oct 2010 Back to the Mac Special Event (search iTunes > "apple keynotes" > choose Apple Keynotes Podcast).
     
  8. hajime thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Thanks. It looks like a military device.
     
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    Thanks. That is really cool especially for short presentations. In terms of an hour video-intensive presentation, how many percent of battery charge will be lost? For the Alam Clock application I am using, if the iPod Touch is not being charged while the application is running for about 7 hours, the battery charge drops by about 90%.

    To avoid losing batter power in the middle of the presentation, I should consider other alternatives as well. Anything else besides the iPod Touch application?
     
  11. chrismacguy macrumors 68000

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    I just use my apple remote with my IR equipped 2008 White MacBook for Presentations (Im addicted to the Presenter view in Keynote so I can see the next slide - very useful in preparing what Im about to say) - best thing is the apple remotes batteries last forever (Mines 2 years old or so now and still going strong).
     
  12. hajime thread starter macrumors 68030

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    From Apple's site, "Keynote Remote requires Keynote ’09, part of the iWork for Mac suite. You will need a working Wi-Fi connection between your iPhone/iPod touch and your Mac (If you’re not connected to a Wi-Fi base station, you can create a “computer-to-computer” network with an Airport enabled Mac)."

    Is it easy to create a "computer-to-computer" network between the MacBook Pro (2010 model) and an iPod Touch (2009 model)? Is the connection reliable? As you know, some places have no Wi-Fi connection.

    It seems that the software offers preview of the next slide. If there are lots of graphics and videos in my presentation, will the battery power of the Ipod Touch runs out faster as well? Thanks.
     
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    It's dead easy. AirPort > Create Network. Then connect to it on the iPod touch like you would any normal network. It's very reliable.

    I doubt your presentation will outlast the battery on the iPod touch. It can play video for hours before dying and that's a lot more taxing on it.
     
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    The PerfectCue clicker

    Back again on the topic of Steve Jobs remote, that URL is no more. For any current seekers, I suggest the DSAN Corp web site. I've used this system and it's industrial strength. One of its unique features is that you can "mute" the remote, so when the presenter clicks, the corresponding arrow on the receiver blinks, but no signal is transmitted through the USB-cable to the Mac. Good if you have a presenter with an itchy clicker finger.

    The PerfectCue Mini is not cheap though, but it goes for a little less at B&H.
     

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