IR Remote Control Signal Capture and Visualization

This is a device that can capture the IR signal from most remote controls and send the information via serial port to a computer for display. It provides all the vital information such as on/off durations, pulse counts, and carrier frequency. The captured information can be use to aid development of microcontoller code to respond to or transmit IR codes.

This circuit makes use of LEDs for more that just an indicator. They are also used as a voltage regulator and as an IR detector.
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Step 1: Parts and Schematic

Picture of Parts and Schematic
Parts needed:

Blue LED with Vf of 3.0 to 3.3
Green LED with Vf of 2.0 to 2.2 (not ultra-green or true-green)
Red LED with Vf of 1.8 to 2.0
Infrared LED with wavelength of 940 or 950 nm
1N4148 or similar diode
100 nF (0.1 uF) capacitor
Microchip PIC 12F629 microcontroller
Female DE9 connector
Wire (solid core 20 awg)
PIC Programmer (PicKit 2 or similar)

chetancc1 year ago
I want to program PIC12F629 with readymade .hex code. Which programmer should I use? I would like to know the best and cheapest programmer available. I bought PICKIT2 clone from India but I had very bad experience with it. I couldn't program with it.
Can you please suggest me good programmer?
lj1234564 years ago
will this project work with a pic 12f675
Cairie4 years ago
can you go into more depth about the PIC making the IR LED photoconductive? I'm trying to make a project with IR leds and having trouble finding detectors. Does this create a way to use emitters as detectors?