1. buurin's Avatar
    I'm looking for some kind of physical remote that can control the Xoom media player (at a minimum).

    Ideal remote functions:
    Be able to turn the screen on/off
    Bring up media player
    Pause/Play/FF/RW Audio
    Launch voice search
    Launch text search

    Bluetooth, wifi... anything that works
    03-03-2011 01:30 PM
  2. woodsb123's Avatar
    Hey OP, here is a dumb question, why would you need a remote control to control the music player on a portable device? When you are using the Xoom, wouldn't it always be in your hands or within reach in order for you to just pick it up and make selections with the music player on the screen. Help me out here, thanks

    PS: If you have a physical ailment which prevents you from picking up the device, then accept my apology and their wouldn't be a need to explain.
    03-03-2011 04:04 PM
  3. epakrat75's Avatar
    The OP likely would prefer to remotely control the tablet while sitting in a recliner, on a couch, etc since the tablet is probably connected to the HDMI port of the TV. If so, count me in on that! Sure, I could just easily grab the 1st party Moto XOOM keyboard accessory but it'd be even more cool (and likely more cost effective) to be able to use my Galaxy S phone as the remote controller for the XOOM instead. If anyone knows of such an app that they've either made or used in this capacity, let us know.
    03-28-2011 07:25 AM
  4. Vudumedic's Avatar
    03-28-2011 07:37 AM
  5. epakrat75's Avatar
    Sure, that would work. Thanks for the reply. However, that's certainly more expensive / overkill than the bluetooth keyboard Moto provides. It just seems to me that a $5-$10 Market app that has a both a client (phone) / server (tablet) piece and works over bluetooth / WiFi should suffice. Am I wrong? Of course, you'd have to have an Android phone in addition to your XOOM but I don't think that's totally out of the question here.
    03-28-2011 07:44 AM
  6. BlackRN's Avatar
    The bluetooth Moto keyboard works excellent! I was hesitant to get it but find it extremely useful. It has several "arrow" keys on it that can be used to switch pages/screens and generally move about sorta mouse like. It of course has built in android shortcuts. For me it turned out to be a good buy and its very functional. Hope that helps.
    03-28-2011 08:18 AM
  7. XOOMBEEZIE's Avatar
    Hey OP, here is a dumb question, why would you need a remote control to control the music player on a portable device? When you are using the Xoom, wouldn't it always be in your hands or within reach in order for you to just pick it up and make selections with the music player on the screen. Help me out here, thanks

    PS: If you have a physical ailment which prevents you from picking up the device, then accept my apology and their wouldn't be a need to explain.
    I have found that it would be nice to have a physical remote with real keys on a device like this. I used to have the same thought as you when I had XM. WHy would I need a remote when the device is within arms reach when driving? I quickly found that having a remote I didn't have to look at while driving to change the channel was nice. Now I have a Droid X and a XOOM both mounted in the car and find the touch screen hard to navigate while on the move. Having a physical remote with "hard" keys would make changing the music or other media a dream whle on the go or just relaxing across the room.
    03-28-2011 03:42 PM
  8. Live2ride883's Avatar
    Most remotes use an infra red light pulses to transmit the command signals, as far as I know the Xoom doesn't have an IR receiver built in. I suppose it would be possible for a dev to write an app to send those commands over BT then you might be able to use an android phone as a remote control.

    The Sony PS3 uses a BT remote.
    03-28-2011 04:15 PM
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