Anyone searching for a way to control their entertainment centre, TV or set top box you may be interested in a new Arduino project which details how to make your very own infrared remote protocol translator using an Arduino Nano development board. Watch the video below to learn more about the project and how it can help you control a number of entertainment devices.
The project was created after Andreas Spiess purchased a new family television which no longer seamlessly worked with the controller’s family had been using. Rather than purchasing a universal remote he designed a system complete with infrared “babel fish” signal translator, named after the language translation fish from Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’s, which is inserted into your ear.
“The device receives infrared signals from the original remote, then uses an Arduino Nano to pass the properly translated pulses on to his TV and receiver. A 3W IR diode transmits these new signals with the help of an N-channel MOSFET, giving it enough power to control each component, even without the proper line-of-sight orientation. It’s a hack that could be useful in many situations, and Speiss goes over how it was made, along with design requirements in the video below. “