#TweetMyPC is an app by @shobankr that allows one to remotely control their computer by Twitter messages.
(For the uninitiated, Twitter is a very popular micro-blogging service, with ~10 million users).
I&aposll not get into deep details about the application, but it does have many features (shutdown, restart, standby… even screenshot). While it doesn&apost have a huge crowd of users, it does have a lot of buzz and attention from top gadget and technology blogs (like LifeHacker, Gizmodo). This shows that there is a lot of interest in remote control and remote management solutions, even in home consumer markets.
And of course, I couldn’t stop thinking about Intel AMT when I saw these links.
What if we could add to the simplicity of this interface the features available in Intel AMT? For example, one short SMS message and your system is powered down (the "macho" way, without waiting for apps to close ).
Or what about setting 3PDS information to be retrieved later? Your computer could become your always-available note taking device . Everyone in the family can &apostweet&apos the groceries list, and then anyone can retrieve it from a remote computer, without need to wake up the Operating System.
And even cooler, with an SMS message that stops a Software Agent from sending heartbeats, one can block the network connection with System Defense. Forgot a VoiceOverIP application connected? System Defense can block the specific protocol or port at a remote SMS command from the road.
I believe this simplicity and this availability will come.
In the future, technologies like AMT will be spread enough and easy to use enough for us to have such a straightforward interface. We will see semantic parsers that will let us text our machines "block all connections apart from port 31426, update the antivirus and then shutdown".
We are getting close, step by step. And Intel AMT can add a myriad of features to this future .