Telekinesis and Soybo

Today, I read about a new project, Telekinesis, which allows one the “remotely access your Mac through a collection of mini web apps on your phone”


Hmmm… this sounds eerily familiar to me!

In 2003, I wrote a web application called Soybo that allowed one to access applications on a host machine — Linux, Mac OS X, or Windows — from a handheld computer or mobile phone. Application developers wrote Soyvices to create web front ends to desktop applications. I had written several sample Soyvices which controlled iTunes, Finder, Address Book, iPhoto, and more.


Though the technology was cool at the time, the project never quite picked up enough steam to be successful. One of the problems was that the mobile Internet devices of the time were so crappy. Part of me was looking forward to resuscitating Soybo following the launch of the iPhone, since it offers the most powerful Internet browsing experience on a mainstream mobile device. Sadly, I simply don’t have enough time in the day to devote to all of the things that I want to work on!

It’s good to see that Telekinesis is carrying the torch of Soybo.

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