A group of developers have come up with a USB flash drive-sized device that lets you connect your smartphone to a computer or other device and use it as wireless mouse, keyboard, game controller, or camera. It’s called the Babuino, and it also works the other way around — letting you use your computer’s keyboard to enter text on your phone, for instance.
The team is trying to raise $40,000 to mass produce the Babuino through an Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign.
If all goes according to plan, you can get a Babuino device for a pledge of $25 or more.
That’s the early-bird special pricing. Once the first devices are claimed, the price goes up to $35.
Babunio features an Atmel ATXMEGA128A1 microcontroller, a USB port, and built-in Bluetooth and infrared. The board is Arduino-compatible, and there are two versions of Babuino: the Babuino Stick has a case and looks like a standard USB flash drive, and the Babuino Board is an uncovered board with exposed pins that let you connect it to external hardware.
While there are plenty of tools that let you use your phone as a remote control for a PC, Babuino’s a bit different since the developers say it doesn’t require any special drivers or other software to run on your computer.
Just plug the Babuino into your PC, fire up an app on your phone, and you can use it to control your devices.
You can read more about the project at the OpenJungle website.