[mythtv-users] Small USB IR Receiver
stuart at xnet.com
Mon Jun 14 21:00:28 UTC 2010
Roy Lofthouse wrote:
> Can you get a small USB IR receiver like the bluetooth one shown here:
> Trying to keep a minimal amount of wires for a new myth frontend and I
> dont want to go RF or bluetooth.
I don't think it likely as mythtv users create hardware they can build.
I don't know if you have ever built things as small as the bluetooth
device you used as an example. It probably uses a chip on board
manufacturing process - that would be the end of it WRT to home brewed
hacking. And even if you could build one with lead-less chips, well,
have you ever tried to solder on a lead-less chip by hand??
As you are hinting at a USB device, this project is close to what I
think you want:
You could re-lay out the board and use a USB plug instead of a socket
and choose a smaller PIC package (Ian used a DIP - that's just huge!).
I'd say you could half his design size and create a "USB plug-in dongle"
and still make it at home.
Shameless "please do the work for me" plug:
If you do re-lay out the board, may I suggest you do so over at
sparkfun's PCB service and make your layout available to all.
That way any of use can order up a few for the cost of fabrication. How
great would that be? Eh? Everybody give Roy some encouragement!
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