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140707-Gadget Freak Case 147 The Ultimate Universal Remote Control A
Latest “Gadget FreaK’ is up – Build your own universal remote control

Couch potatoes should be particularly interested in Bill Bowden’s remote control IR receiver, which allows users to control the power of virtually any electrical appliance (including those not equipped for remote) using their standard remote control. It’s based on an IR receiver circuit, which is basically a simple toggle switch that features a 48KHz IR receiver module to convert IR signals to 5V digital data representing the particular command sent. So switch a fan or lights on and off, blend up a pitcher of margaritas, pop popcorn and more, all without leaving your couch — possibly ever.

Update: When I saw this post on Gadget Freak I’m pretty sure there was an additional link to the build instructions / schematics. It doesn’t make sense to remove our post now, perhaps check their site later.

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.

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