Remember those cheap remote control jammer toys that you could use to stop folks from changing the TV channel? One Instructables user has created a more advanced version, allowing you control of more than just a TV--whether you have the remote in your hands or not.

This neat little hack comes from Instructables user Wally Z, a self-described tinkerer, and just like the old jammer toy, Wally's creation works by communicating over infrared beams. But this Arduino device can be programmed to control a whole host of devices: As long as it has an infrared interface, chances are you can get this to work--whether it be a TV, DVD player, VCR, or even a digital camera.

To get started on the project, you will need the requisite Arduino board, an Infrared LED, a cheap Infrared sensor, a USB cable, and a PC to do the necessary programming on. The four-step guide details how you can create your own basic Arduino remote, including how to get all the required code from the device you're loooking to control.

With a little further tinkering I'm pretty sure a project like this could be used as the basis for the ultimate all-in-remote.


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