Logitech Harmony Remote Clone

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  • Hi all,

    I love the Logitech Harmony remote range but don't like how expensive it is. Since I know how to write javascript, I thought I'd try and make my own remote.

    At the moment, I've got a Raspberry PI hooked up to a IR receiver and it is able to receive commands from different remotes to control my Marantz Amp, Panasonic TV and Apple TV.

    I'd like to now build one remote (instead of using 3). Has anyone ever attempted this?

    Ideally I'd like the remote to connect via Bluetooth to the Pi and send over custom commands which the Pi then controls.

    I'd also like to understand if it's possible to remove the Pi altogether and get the remote to do all the heavy lifting.

    Ideally I'd love a screen (may e-ink) so it's possible to know the state of some functions (like Voice mode on, Night mode on).

    Any tips or links to tutorials would be much appreciated!

  • I'm not sure I've come across anyone making a remote control with Espruino (a few have used it as a remote control for phones/tablets/etc though).

    For IR, there's a bunch of info already:

    Transmitting via Bluetooth shouldn't be a big issue though.

    I guess a good start might be http://www.espruino.com/Pixl.js - while it's not ePaper it's an LCD with a backlight and a good battery life (should last around a year on 2 AAs). It has Bluetooth LE as well and should be pretty easy to attach a keypad to.

    remove the Pi altogether

    It should be fine to do that as well. Either you could add an IR transmitter to the Pixl, or could just add a Puck.js in your TV cabinet (as that has an IR transmitter) http://www.espruino.com/Puck.js

    If you're adding a Puck.js then http://www.espruino.com/Puck.js+Infrared­ has some info on making a Web Bluetooth page to send out IR signals, so you could then just use your phone as the remote :)

  • This is great, thank you! I'll get reading....

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Logitech Harmony Remote Clone

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