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i-Clickr PowerPoint Remote: Conversation with Ray Huang

Ray Huang graduated from Texas Christian University and University of Texas at Arlington majoring in Computer Science. Ray has 15 years experience developing software for Windows and Mac, and heads Senstic, a small development house that provides solutions that run on your mobile computers, PDA, mobile phones and other portable devices.

In this conversation, Ray discusses the i-Clickr PowerPoint Remote product.

Geetesh: What does iClickr do, and how can it help people who forget carrying their remotes along?

Ray: iClickr is a wireless presentation remote for mobile devices such as iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and Windows Phone. With iClickr, you can control your PowerPoint presentation (i.e., going forward, back, jump to a particular slide). iClickr has a built-in timer that helps you control your presentation time. You can even view your slide notes directly on the phone. iClickr works with Microsoft PowerPoint XP, 2003, 2007 and 2010 on Windows, and PowerPoint 2004 and 2008 on Mac. It also works with the free OpenOffice on Windows, and Apple’s iWork’09 Keynote.

With iClickr installed on your phone, you no longer need to carry a separate remote device. Since the iClickr software for computer is free to download, you can use it with any host computer. When using it with your personal laptop, you can let iClickr set up wireless ad hoc networks directly between your laptop and your phone, and thus bypassing additional network infrastructure.

Geetesh: Tell us more about how you hit on this concept, and about your newest release for the iClickr on the iPhone and iPad.

Ray: I came up with this idea when I was doing my graduate degree at University of Texas at Arlington. There were just too many presentations every week, and I kept forgetting bringing my Logitech clicker. So, I thought it would be nice to have the clicker on my mobile phone. It’s one less gadget to carry, and it’s highly unlikely I would forget to bring my phone. The first version of i-Clickr is on Windows Mobile, and when iPhone came along, we developed for it with additional features. For the iPad version, we took advantage of its larger screen and made the change to display both slide view and slide notes on the same page.

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