Are you a PC gamer with an iPhone? Here’s something that could be right up your alley. ROCCAT Studios is showing off a new smartphone app called Power-Grid that will let you check your PC’s status and control programs from your smartphone. The advantage to this? No more alt-tabbing out of the game to access information, and no more forced minimizing whenever someone decides to send you an IM while you’re gaming.
There’s a lot more to that than just gaming though. The app’s feature set is pretty extensive. The Power-Grid features four grids: Incoming Center handles your social media and IM accounts, System Stats will let you monitor your PC status (temperature, CPU load, disk space, etc), and Sound Control will let you control volume and music settings. The last grid is a Custom Tab, basically a blank grid that will let you set your own control blocks, which you can set to run gaming macros or perform other PC functions.
The app is still in beta testing (you can sign up to be a beta tester for an early try), and is currently limited to the iPhone and iPod touch at this point. But the Power-Grid page also says that a version for Android and Windows Phone is in the works, so hang tight.
Roccat is also prepping “Smart Gear” hardware that works with the app. The Project Phobo keyboard is a gaming keyboard that features a dock at the right for slotting in an iPhone, while the Project Apuri 2.0 is a standalone dock that will let you hook up your smartphone to your PC.