I like watching movies and TV shows, primarily before I fall asleep and when I wake up, but as a perpetual student, I'm too cheap/broke to buy an actual TV. Naturally, this leads me to watch my media through my computer (which is officially my entertainment system). In my old apartment, my desk was next to my bed, and all I had to do was move my laptop from the desk to my chair in order to see properly and have full control over it. When I moved to my new apartment, of course, my desk moved all the way across the room, and I lost all semblance of control over it.
To correct this, I downloaded an app (LogMeIn
) for my iPad that allows me to control my computer. Works great in principle, but do I really
want to reach over the side of the bed to grab my iPad, open the case, log in, and then
be able to use my "remote control" every time I want to queue another episode? Of course not!
This project was the result of that laziness. I wanted a way to have easy access to my computer via my iPad with minimal effort, particularly in the morning when I can't open my eyes for more than 30 seconds, much less get up to my computer and turn on an episode of South Park. Obviously, you could also put this somewhere else -- the kitchen for easy access to the weather, news, and recipes; the living room for control of the surround sound system you were able to buy with your actual money that you made at your actual job; the bathroom so you can read your comic books sci-fi style. The list goes on and on. Enjoy!