has developed software that allows a user to personalize the functions of their Keyspan Presentation Remote.
The US$70 device is designed especially for users of Microsoft PowerPoint, but also works with Keynote, Apple’s new presentation software. It features a 900Mhz radio frequency (RF) signal with a range of up to 40 feet, even through walls and other obstacles. It provides mouse control and a laser pointer.
It’s compatible with both Mac and Windows systems and with most brands of projectors. And there’s no software to install. Once the RF receiver is plugged into a USB port, you can begin your presentation within seconds, said Keyspan president Mike Ridenhour.
The new software layer allows users to customize the remote by redefining the actions of the buttons on the device. This lets users tailor the manner in which the remote interacts with PowerPoint and Keynote. The software may also be used to modify the remote so that it is capable of controlling additional applications.
The software takes the form of drivers and a control panel. Both Mac and Windows versions have been developed. The software will be available for download from the Keyspan Web site on March 1 and will be free.