Take the Chat With You

Use iPad, Air Display (with touch input enabled), and Keyboard Viewer to take the chat (or document, browser, etc.) with you. If you’re chatting on the computer and want to move to the couch, just drag your chat and virtual keyboard to the iPad and away you go.

The concept is cool, but in practice it doesn’t actually work that great. The keys on Keyboard Viewer are too small, and I seem to get a lot of latency and disconnects with Air Display. For now I’ll continue using Desktop Connect to chat on the iMac remotely, but the idea of taking part of my desktop into my hands and walking away just seems totally sweet to me.

Of course, most common tasks can already be performed on the iPad by itself, but then you have to fire up an app, find your spot, and settle back in. You lose your groove, get out of the zone, y’know?

Take the Chat With You