CES is always packed full of a lot of crap and a lot of cool stuff. There’s always a couple of things that stick out on both ends of the spectrum.
Atop the “cool” category this year was Clixon’s VCC-400 Virtual Console Connection adapter. In short, VCC-400 works by plugging in a USB 2.0 adapter into one computer, then connecting a USB cable to the adapter on one end, and to another computer on the other end. Then, the mouse and keyboard from either computer can control the other.
It also works between Mac and PC. You can use the PC’s keyboard and mouse to control the Mac. When you move the mouse it will move between the two computer screens just like you do between two monitors on a single computer.
Better yet, you can drag and drop, or copy and paste, between computers. The drag and drop feature doesn’t work cross-platform (at least the demo didn’t); however, you can still copy and paste files and other clipboard contents between PC and Mac computers.
If ever the term “magic” were warranted to describe a product, this is it.
VCC supports 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows, Mac OS X 10.4-10.6 and Linux. The Clixon rep I spoke with said the software would probably retail for about $70. The downside? Clixon doesn’t have a US distributor for the device just yet.
As someone who uses multiple Macs and PCs on a daily basis (I have 2 keyboards and mice on my desktop), I would shell out $70 in a heartbeat for this product. So, I’m keeping my fingers crossed that a US distributor gets on board with Clixon sooner rather than later.