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5. Car PC Interface Options > 56. Control Your Car PC with a Handheld Remote

Control Your Car PC with a Handheld Remote

Handheld remote controls are a familiar and easy way to control media playback and other applications in the car.

Before the recent emergence of home theater PCs (HTPCs), there were not many hardware options for PC remote control. Now, with dozens of personal video recorder (PVR) or, if you prefer, digital video recorder (DVR) applications available, consumer demand for computer remote controls is at an all-time high.

It used to be that all the remote controls cost over $100 and were primarily sold to business users for controlling PowerPoint presentations. Now, the average remote with an integrated mouse costs around $50.

Now, I bet you’re asking yourself, “Is there one standard for PC remote controls, just like keyboards, so that any remote-controllable program can be controlled by any remote control?” Well, if you have ever seen a coffee table with 12 TV clickers on it, you’ll realize that even universal remote controls haven’t solved that problem. But fortunately computers, in their infinite programmability, can be taught to listen to any remote you want and, with the right software, control most of the programs you want.


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