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:
IRK! is an evolving project. Please check out irk-usb on SourceForge for the latest enhancements.
This project is for reasonably advanced electronic nuts...but if you stick with it anyone can make it.
Through Hole Technology (THT) versionIf you choose to build the Through Hole Technology (THT) version, then you will be making a Printed Circuit Board (PCB) or at least a matrix board, soldering electronic components onto it, and then programming a PIC micro-controller, so you'll need:
Surface Mount Technology (SMT) versionIf you choose to build the Surface Mount Technology (SMT) version, then you'll need:
And in case it doesn't work for you first time, you may find it helpful to have: