Big Button Remote Control – Part 3 – Software Implementation

Umote Block DiagramHaving sorted out the concepts of what needed to be implemented, the next step was to write the software that would drive the basic building blocks of the remote control – switches, IR receiver, IR transmitter and LEDs.

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Big Button Remote Control – Part 2 – Foxtel IR Protocol Saga

Foxtel Trace image comparisonHaving tested the prototype software with my own domestic remotes, I needed to set up and test the device with the Foxtel remote control. IRLib was not recognising the protocol as one of the ‘standard’ types it has built in, so I needed to do some research. This turned out to be the real learning experience on this project.

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Big Button Remote Control – Part 1 – Design and Prototype

IR Foxtel Remote

As a volunteer for an organization that builds custom aids for people with disability, I have recently been looking at a project to create a ‘very large button’ remote control for a cable TV Set Top Box (STB). The custom unit needed basic functions (Channel Up/Down, Volume Up/Down and Power On/Off). Commercially available large button remotes have buttons that are still too small and/or they have too many buttons.

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