Thursday, June 24, 2010

How to make your iPad a Desktop Computer - iPad + Bluetooth keyboard + Bluetooth Mouse + Monitor

This video shows how I made my iPad into a desktop computer or better yet how you can use both a Bluetooth keyboard and Bluetooth mouse with your iPad.

I did a crazy thing today, I made my iPad a desktop computer. I paired a Bluetooth keyboard and a Bluetooth mouse to my jailbroken iPad. it worked pretty well, but not without issues.

The only issue that I had is that I had to star the mouse first and then the keyboard. If I did it the other way around, it would not work.

You might be thinking why would you want to take the anti-desktop Apple iPad and make it like a desktop. Well, for the same reasons some people choose to dock a laptop to a full keyboard, mouse and montor - because there are times that you need to do so.

You may never have a need to do so, but if the need arises you will now know it is possible.

Here is what i used:

Hardware
  • iPad (Jailbroken with http://www.spiritjb.com/ )
  • Logitech Bluetooth diNovo Keyboard
  • Verbatim Bluetooth mouse
  • Apple iPad to VGA adapter ($29.99)
  • Desktop Monitor

Software
  • btstack Mouse (free, downloaded from Cydia)
  • btstack Keyboard ($5, downloaded from Cydia)
  • DisplayOut ($0.99, downloaded from Cydia)

This answers the question: Can I use both a Bluetooth keyboard and a Bluetooth mouse with the Apple iPad?

Note: Other videos say Bluetooth Keyboard in description but uses Apple keyboard dock which is not Bluetooth.






Thanks,

Carl W. Brooks
The Tech Guy

Sent from my Magical and Revolutionary  iPad

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