BTstack Mouse + DisplayOut + Digital AV Adapter
= me giddy as a little kid! :D
The back story:
I got BTstack Mouse the other day from Cydia after seeing a video about how it works. Seemed very neat and I wanted to try it out.
Turns out, the hardest thing about using this tweak is finding a Bluetooth mouse! I didn't have one and I had to go to 3 stores to find one. Finally found one today at Office Max. The only BT mouse they had was from Microsoft - the "Bluetooth Notebook Mouse 5000."
Brought it home and it hooked right up to the iPad and the BTstack Mouse app. No problem with pairing and it works great. Very entertaining, actually, using a mouse instead of the finger. Quite fun.
While I was out finding/buying the mouse, I finally decided to bite the bullet, so I also bought the Digital AV Adapter at Apple today. I had already gotten DisplayOut at the Cydia store in anticipation of doing some sort of cable hookup to my TV. I was just worried how to set up things using cables and such. I "get" software but hardware? Not so much.
No problem! Plugged the adapter in (used a Belkin 10' HDMI cable - also from Office Max), used SBSettings to fire up DisplayOut, set my TV to the correct source and boom! There's my iPad screen! How cool is that? Perfectly mirrored whatever was happening on the iPad. So, daMomma and I watched a couple of YouTube videos on the "big" screen. Will be very handy...
A 10-foot cable is short, but since I won't be playing games with it, I thought I'd just leave the iPad by the TV and walk over to use it. Then, I thought I'd see how BTstack Mouse worked with this setup. Heh. It's just like having a remote!
The iPad sits flat on the arm of a chair next to the TV. I sit on the sofa, about 10-12 feet from the iPad. Result? The mouse works great! It's as if I am using my finger.
I'm sure I'll think of many reasons to use this setup (other than "because I can"!). For now - I'm loving my jailbroken iPad!