Having 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.
Having 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.
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.