[mythtv-users] IRK! Infrared Remote controlled USB keyboard project
peterl at standingwave.org
Sun May 23 03:48:10 UTC 2010
On May 22, 2010, at 12:58 AM, Andrew Armstrong wrote:
> For those handy with a soldering iron I've started a new SourceForge project called IRK!
> IRK! is an alternative to LIRC (on Linux) for people who want to control their MythTV system using a LEARNING infrared remote control.
> This is an open-hardware Infrared Remote Controlled USB keyboard implemented using a PIC microcontroller and written in MikroC C-language.
> IRK! enables you to use your LEARNING remote control to control any system that you can plug a USB keyboard into. It is operating-system agnostic.
> "Open-hardware" means that you will need to be handy with a soldering iron, have reasonably advanced electronic circuit board assembly skills and have the equipment to be able to program a PIC microcontroller. I didn't say it was going to be easy!
> Once you build the hardware and program the microcontroller with the hex code from sourceforge you can then select which keystrokes are to be programmed into your LEARNING infrared remote. IRK! will teach your LEARNING remote a code for each keystroke combination that you select. Once your remote has learned the code onto a button, pressing that button will cause IRK! to send the keystroke via USB to your MYTHTV system.
> The beauty of this system is that IRK! doesn't need to recognise a zillion remote controls, and it doesn't need to conform to any particular remote control protocol standard.
> Note, if you don't have a LEARNING remote control then IT WON'T WORK. And I can't vouch for all learning remotes. It works with mine, a TheaterMaster MX500.
> IRK1 is completely free (GPL v3 license) and can be built by anyone.
Looks pretty cool! If I every get around to fixing up my myth system to work in this post-digital era, I'll probably build one.
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