Turn your rooted HTC EVO 4G into a remote for the Playstation 3

Blueputdroid Device convergence is a big thing for me. The more I can slam into a single device like the HTC EVO, the happier I am due to not having to chase down extra batteries, cords, or just a whole other remote. My Playstation 3 remote can now finally be put out to pasture thanks to BlueputDroid by Berserker.

Originally slated as a mouse and keyboard replacement for Linux computers, it has the unique low level APIs required to do a Bluetooth device sync with a Playstation 3.

Before you get too excited, I have to say that you need root access and a custom ROM like CyanogenMod to get this to work. You also have to grant this app Superuser rights for it to function (like all root apps).

If you have not flashed a custom ROM, it most likely will not work because it requires kernel level Bluetooth specifics. I can tell you that I have this working on my HTC EVO 4G running Cyanogenmod 7.0.3.1 with AmonRa Recovery, but your mileage may vary.

The good thing is that if you can get this to run on your HTC EVO 4G and get past the eye-numbing graphics, then you are going to be in for some great lazy remote action.

BlueputDroidScreen It is an easy app to install and get going after you have downloaded it from the Android Market. You will then need to start up the app and the device you wish to sync it with, in this case your Playstation 3.

You can then click on the magnifying lens to refresh all available Bluetooth devices in range and you should hopefully see your PS3. If it does not appear, go into your PS3's Bluetooth device settings and make it discoverable. At this point once they find each other you will just need to enter the pairing number and you are good to go.

This app is listed as being in beta and so it looks like it took a beating from the ugly stick. Luckily it makes up for its looks with substance, such as full keyboard and mousing support as well as the all important Sony DualShock control scheme.

For all those are familiar with using their game controllers as movie remotes, you will feel right at home with this layout. Check out this demonstration video of it in action.

 

Currently free in the Android Market, BlueputDroid shows a lot of promise but it could benefit from a fresh coat of graphics. Luckily the core functionality is already there and it seems that it will only get better.

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Bruce Eaton

Bruce Eaton is a former contributing editor at Good and EVO, which was merged into Pocketables in 2012.