Griffin's AirClickUSB Controls Computers From Afar

Griffin Technology Inc. is now shipping AirClickUSB, a remote control that enables users to control their Mac or Windows computers from up to 60 feet away. Rather than the infrared employed in most remotes, this one features RF technology, which means that the user does not have to be in the line of sight or even in the same room. It ships with the remote, a receiver that plugs into a USB port and can be extended with an included cable and a software CD.

AirClickUSB is pre-configured with the ability to control iTunes, PowerPoint and QuickTime on the PC or Mac, Keynote and DVD Player on the Mac and Windows Media Player on the PC. The remote features five buttons -- play/pause, next track, previous track, volume up and volume down -- and is identical to Griffinis AirClick for iPod, so it can also be used with that remoteis receiver unit. Pricing is US$39.99.