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iPod as a Universal Remote

Posted on 29 July 2004 by

In one of the most interesting projects I’ve seen in a while, the “How-To Turn your iPod in to a Universal Infrared Remote Control” project is quite exciting.

Here is the project description: This week’s How-To is a fun one, we take an iPod and turn it in to a universal infrared remote control which can be used to control all your home electronic equipment, or just about anything that uses a remote control, for example in our place we have our iPod controlling our TV, DVD Player, Direct TV, Ultimate TV PVR, Media Center PC, Xbox, XM Satellite Radio, Roomba and a few other random things like a Robot.

How is this possible?

Either read the article, or read more for high-level info…

What you do is buy an iPod, a pocket PC, a Griffin Total Remote, and finally sound recording software for your PC.

You can then capture the IR from your favorite remote using the software on your Pocket PC (which was provided with the total remote). Then you record the IR signal on your PC (using the line-out on your pocket PC and the line-in on your PC). You should end up a with a WAV file (assuming you followed the directions on the web site correctly)

You then copy that WAV file onto the iPod, plug the Total Remote IR into the line-out of the iPod, and voohalha whenever you play that MP3 file, the IR signal is sent to the TV (or whatever other device you are controling).

Go read the details for yourself!