Remember those cheap remote control jammer toys that you could use to stop folks from changing the TV channel? One Instructables user has created a more advanced version, allowing you control of more than just a TV–whether you have the remote in your hands or not.
This neat little hack comes from Instructables user Wally Z, a self-described tinkerer, and just like the old jammer toy, Wally’s creation works by communicating over infrared beams. But this Arduino device can be programmed to control a whole host of devices: As long as it has an infrared interface, chances are you can get this to work–whether it be a TV, DVD player, VCR, or even a digital camera.
To get started on the project, you will need the requisite Arduino board, an Infrared LED, a cheap Infrared sensor, a USB cable, and a PC to do the necessary programming on. The four-step guide details how you can create your own basic Arduino remote, including how to get all the required code from the device you’re loooking to control.
With a little further tinkering I’m pretty sure a project like this could be used as the basis for the ultimate all-in-remote.