DoBox Could Add Mouse Support to iOS Devices

DoBox Could Add Mouse Support to iOS Devices

The iPad Pro is almost ready to be a desktop replacement, as more desktop-caliber apps arrive on IOS, but one desktop convenience has always been absent...a mouse. Yes, a touchscreen and now a stylus may be superior for many situations, but an external mouse is familiar and can be more comfortable for those of us who work at a desk all day. Steve Jobs acknowledged this when asked if a touchscreen would come to the Mac, noting how uncomfortable it would be to keep reaching forward to a touchscreen on the desk. Still, the iPad Pro with the Smart Keyboard has shown there is a demand for a desktop iOS device.

The folks at DoBox think they have an answer. I shy away from unproven Kickstarter projects, but this is interesting. They aim to produce a wireless dock not only for iPhone and iPad, but also for Macs. The device, which looks like a small Mac mini, will have two USB ports for a combination of a keyboard, a mouse, a printer and hard drives. It will also have a battery to charge phones or tablets, internal storage, as well as microSD card storage. The DoBox should also support AirPlay and act as a wireless access point or router. There are ports for HDMI out, audio out, and even Ethernet. The DoBox would connect to an iOS device via Wi-Fi, and would presumably need an app to interface with the mouse, so it will be interesting to see how they make it usable, as any lag time would be unacceptable. I can't recommend it yet, because it's still not "real" but it's certainly worth watching.

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Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP, About.com, BestAppEver.com, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.