With Mayhem, Windows Phone users can make a custom remote control for virtually anything
Microsoft's Applied Sciences Group has a little project going on that allows you to connect your Windows Phone to various services through a wide range of devices that includes your Windows Phone. The basic operation of the Mayhem project is creating and connecting a trigger reaction to a desired reaction.
For example, with Mayhem you can turn your Windows Phone into a remote control (using the Mayhem Remote app) for your computer to control a PowerPoint presentation or to control the playback controls for a video. Mayhem enables you to connect everything to everything else from the comfort of your Windows Phone, computer, Kinect, or even an Xbox controller.
Mayhem is open source, provided through the Outcurved Foundation, to allow developers and users to expand its capabilities. There's even a contest to see what creative add-ons can be developed for a chance to wing $3,000. You can find all the details on the Mayhem Contest here (submissions must be made by midnight PST on June 30th) at the Mayhem contest page.
The applications for Mayhem are endless and really opens up the potential of your Windows Phone. You can learn more about Mayhem and download the Mayhem Windows application here at the Mayhem Website. The Mayhem Remote for your Windows Phone can be snatched up here at the Windows Phone Marketplace. It's all free and full of potential.
Source: Mayhem; Thanks, Eli, for the tip!