IRK! is a USB keyboard, without keys, that you can operate by simply using your LEARNING infrared remote control.
I created it to allow me to control my MythTV home theater PC with my LEARNING infrared remote control instead of having to use a real USB keyboard - but it will work with any system (Linux, Windows, or whatever) that you can plug a USB keyboard into, and also other home theater systems like XBMC and MediaPortal.
Many people use LIRC on Linux to control MythTV, but my solution does not require you to edit any complicated configuration files and does not need any special device drivers or software to be installed. However, you do need to build it!
IRK! is an open-hardware project that I created on SourceForge. Contributors and bug reports are welcome.
I've put a 2-minute video on YouTube showing how it works.
The feature set so far includes:
- Teaches your LEARNING remote control IR codes
- Lets you map IR codes to USB keystrokes - for example, Shift+Enter
- Sends the USB keystroke to your PC when you press a button on your remote
- Can send power off, sleep, and wake codes to your PC
- IRK! devices can have one of 256 addresses - so you can have multiple IRK!'s
- Handles broadcasts - so multiple IRK!'s can respond to a single remote button
- Supports USB Consumer Device functions (e.g. Mute, Volume Up, etc)
- Has a programmable LCD backlight delay (and ON/OFF commands)
- Can be built using either Through Hole Technology (THT) or Surface Mount Technology (SMT)
IRK! is an evolving project. Please check out irk-usb on SourceForge for the latest enhancements.