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Irdroid started as a Hobby Project, founded by Georgi Bakalski back in 2011. Today the Hobby project transformed into a Innovative and Successful Company (Hardware Group Ltd.). We believe in the open source initiative and we started the project as a open source hardware and open source software. During the years we have developed, devices and software for GNU Linux, MS Windows, Mac OS X, Arduino and more. We believe that learning by sharing is a key for the progress. Today Irdroid is a registered trademark of Hardware Group Ltd Bulgaria and it provides open source hardware and open source software devices and software development services for Google Android, GNU Linux , Windows and Mac OS X . Our Devices and services help hundreds of individuals and StartUp Companies around the world to bootstrap their new products and ideas.

We would like to thank all our Customers during the years, they are the one’s that kept the project up and provided precious feedback for improving it.

Thank you!

New Product in stock – USB Infrared Adapter for Android

The latest arrival in our online store – https://www.irdroid.eu is the USB OTG Infrared Adapter for Android. It allows you to control all your home appliances, that are controlled via Infrared Remotes. It has a Infrared Transmitter and infrared receiver and it has infrared “learning” functionality. The unit is compatible with ZaZa Remote App.

You can read more about the product by following the link below:

https://irdroid.eu/product/usb-infrared-adapter-android/

 

 

WiFi to Infrared module introduction

 

The WiFi to Infrared (IR) converter module will allow you to remotely control your home appliances ( Air Conditioners, TVs , Audio, STBs, DIY devices and many more ), using you smartphone via the free application for Android and iOS. The module comes with a microUSB power supply cable and a user manual for downloading and configuring the application for Android and iOS. The unit is truly universal as you can choose thousands of devices remote control codes and in addition if your target device is not in the database, you can “record” your remote control as the wifi to infrared module has a infrared “learning” function, so that you seamlessly add your device in case it is not in the database of supported devices.

The video below shows unboxing of the WiFi to Inrared module

 

The Wifi to Infrared module has build in functions for automatically recognizing the target device / infrared  remote control . If you have the original device remote control you can add it by simply scanning the original remote control infrared commands. These scanning  / learning functions are build in in the free applications for Android and iOS that comes with the WiFi to Infrared module.

The video below demonstrates how the remote control “learning” procedure works. It shows you how to add an Air Conditioner remote control in the App.

 

You can purchase WiFi to Infrared module from the link below:

https://irdroid.eu/product/wifi-to-ir-converter/

 

Battery powered infrared devices considerations and design using open source tools and hardware

Designing battery powered devices that have to run for years on batteries is a challenge. If you look around you will see that most of the home appliances such as TVs, Music devices, Aircons, Heaters, Fans and so on are controlled using battery powered remote controls. The remote controls used with these devices should run for long periods of time on batteries.

 How is this achieved? Can we design a embedded custom remote control, by using open source hardware and software tools?

The Answer is Yes. We can use off-the-shelf low energy power consumption microcontrollers which will allow us to run on batteries for long periods of time. In this post we will review the possibilities with Atmel Atmega328P microcontroller, running at 16MHz and powered by 3.3V. We will also review and measure some off-the-shelf open source hardware development boards like Arduino, Olimexino etc.

 

We will review the following:

  •  Breadboarded Atmega328
  • Arduino UNO R3 Atmega328

  • Olimexino 328 uses Atmega328

 

According to the MCU specification the microcontroller supports sleep modes with minimal power consumption (Approximately 0.1uA).

 For the measurements we will use the BRYMEN 867s Digital Multimeter.

According to the MCU Specification we will have to power the Atmega with 3.3V in order to benefit from the lower current/power consumption. For the breadboarded version,we have just the Microcontroller, a quartz and two caps we are expecting to get the lowest result/ measurement.

 

In terms of software for our tests we will use a test program that will put the MCU in sleep mode, written for Arduino . The test program does really a simple thing – when the MCU is awaken / not in sleep mode it flashes the board LEDs for 5 times it waits for 10 seconds, then the microcontroller is forced to enter sleep mode. The sleep mode can be interrupted by grounding the INT0 pin of the MCU. The idea is that when in sleep mode all MCU peripheral and core is switched off and therefore we have minimal power consumption. Nothing is running in sleep mode, except for the logic that wakes up the MCU. The main program of the MCU is executed every time waken up, it does its thing and then it goes to sleep after a user defined period of time (usually several seconds after it performs a task.)

 

We have the following listing:

 /*———————————————————————-*

* Sleep demo for ATmega328P.                                           *

* Wire a button from digital pin 2 (INT0) to ground.                   *

* Wire an LED with an appropriate dropping resistor from pin D13 to    *

* ground.                                                              *

* Pushing the button wakes the MCU.                                    *

* After waking, the MCU flashes the LED, then waits 10 seconds before  *

* going back to sleep.                                                 *

*                                                                      *

* Jack Christensen 07May2013                                           *

*                                                                      *

* Tested with Arduino 1.0.5 and an Arduino Uno.                        *

* Test conditions for all results below:                               *

*   5V regulated power supply, fed to the Vin pin                      *

*   16MHz system clock                                                 *

*   Fuse bytes (L/H/E): 0xFF / 0xDE / 0×05                             *

*   Optiboot bootloader                                                *

*                                                                      *

* Uno R1                                                               *

*   38mA active, 26mA with MCU in power-down mode.                     *

*                                                                      *

* Uno SMD edition                                                      *

*   42mA active, 31mA power-down.                                      *

*                                                                      *

* Adafruit Boarduino                                                   *

*   Power select jumper set to “USB”, USB (FTDI) not connected.        *

*   15mA active, 3mA power-down.                                       *

*                                                                      *

* Adafruit Boarduino without power LED                                 *

*   12mA active, 0.1µA power-down.                                     *

*                                                                      *

* Breadboarded ATmega328P-PU                                           *

*   12mA active, 0.1µA power-down.                                     *

*                                                                      *

* This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-        *

* ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license,     *

* visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/ or send a       *

* letter to Creative Commons, 171 Second Street, Suite 300,            *

* San Francisco, California, 94105, USA.                               *

*———————————————————————-*/

#include <avr/sleep.h>

 

const int LED = 13;                          //LED on pin 13

const unsigned long KEEP_RUNNING = 10000;    //milliseconds

 

void setup(void)

{

   //to minimize power consumption while sleeping, output pins must not source

   //or sink any current. input pins must have a defined level; a good way to

   //ensure this is to enable the internal pullup resistors.

 

   for (byte i=0; i<20; i++) {    //make all pins inputs with pullups enabled

       pinMode(i, INPUT_PULLUP);

   }

 

   pinMode(LED, OUTPUT);          //make the led pin an output

   digitalWrite(LED, LOW);        //drive it low so it doesn’t source current

}

 

void loop(void)

{

   for (byte i=0; i<5; i++) {     //flash the LED

       digitalWrite(LED, HIGH);

       delay(100);

       digitalWrite(LED, LOW);

       delay(100);

   }

   delay(KEEP_RUNNING);           //opportunity to measure active supply current

   digitalWrite(LED, HIGH);       //one blink before sleeping

   delay(100);

   digitalWrite(LED, LOW);

   goToSleep();

}

 

void goToSleep(void)

{

   byte adcsra = ADCSRA;          //save the ADC Control and Status Register A

   ADCSRA = 0;                    //disable the ADC

   EICRA = _BV(ISC01);            //configure INT0 to trigger on falling edge

   EIMSK = _BV(INT0);             //enable INT0

   set_sleep_mode(SLEEP_MODE_PWR_DOWN);

   cli();                         //stop interrupts to ensure the BOD timed sequence executes as required

   sleep_enable();

   //disable brown-out detection while sleeping (20-25µA)

   uint8_t mcucr1 = MCUCR | _BV(BODS) | _BV(BODSE);

   uint8_t mcucr2 = mcucr1 & ~_BV(BODSE);

   MCUCR = mcucr1;

   MCUCR = mcucr2;

   //sleep_bod_disable();           //for AVR-GCC 4.3.3 and later, this is equivalent to the previous 4 lines of code

   sei();                         //ensure interrupts enabled so we can wake up again

   sleep_cpu();                   //go to sleep

   sleep_disable();               //wake up here

   ADCSRA = adcsra;               //restore ADCSRA

}

 

//external interrupt 0 wakes the MCU

ISR(INT0_vect)

{

   EIMSK = 0;                     //disable external interrupts (only need one to wake up)

}

 

The code will flash the board leds 5 times, wait for 10 seconds, to allow us to make a measurement and then it will force the MCU to enter sleep mode.

 

We have tested breadboarded Atmega328, Arduino UNO R3 and Olimexino 328, as you can see from the code header, other people has tested and mesured also for other boards , based on Atmega328.

 

The results for the breadboarded Atmega328 are stunning – 0.1uA in sleep mode, though there is nothing else than the microcontroller, a quartz and 2 caps,powered by 3.3V. (the first pretendent )

 

The second in this list is the Olimexino 328 , running at 16MHz, powered by 3.3V. The board is designed with on board charger for connecting external batteries. In a running mode the total power consumption at 3.3V was about 7ma , in sleep mode this board consumes approximately 200uA, which makes it usable for battery powered devices. (Our second pretendent)

 

And finally the Arduino UNO R3 gave us high power consumption both active and sleep modes (  38mA active, 26mA with MCU in power-down mode ) which renders it unusable for designing battery powered infrared applications.

 

Conclusion:

 The user should either make a custom design , using the Atmega328 and create a design with low energy consumption in mind, or use the Olimexino 328 as a basis, which is open source hardware and it has a decent power consumption both active and sleep modes.

 

Downloads:

 

 

Windows Server 2012 drivers workaround for irdroid usb ir transceiver

Irdroid USB IR Transceiver v1.0

We got a nice email from a customer from the Irdroid community saying that the Irdroid USB Infrared Transceiver works without any drivers on Windows 10. He tested Also with Windows Server 2012 and there was a driver issue , using the drivers we provide from the download section. The Issue with Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 is that signed USB ACM drivers are needed. Windows Server 2012 requires that all drivers need to be signed, The USB Infrared Transceiver can work with Windows 8 but the workaround is that you need to turn off the signed driver requirement.

You can deactivate the forcing of signed drivers by using following Settings. Open a Command Prompt (cmd) as Administrator and type in following two commands. bcdedit -set loadoptions DISABLE_INTEGRITY_CHECKS bcdedit -set TESTSIGNING ON With bcdedit you´re configurating the bootmenu of windows, so be careful. If something goes wrong you´ll need a windows dvd to repair the bootmanager. After a restart you can install the driver normally. You just have to confirm to install the unsigned driver, just like in older versions of Windows.

TuxCon Kitty TV BGone Mod Irdroid

This year’s (2017) TuxCon open source Linux conference took place in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. On the second day of this gathering ( the Workshop day) we all got a free and open source soldering Kit – the TuxCon Kitty conference badge (Thank you Olimex). The kit included a Atmel Attiny85 microcontroller, the TuxCon kitty pcb a buzzer two leds (the Kitty eye’s) one battery, battery holder and several resistors, capacitors and diodes.

I was on the conference with my son and we had a lot of fun assembling the kits. The kid was really exited to make his own toy and play with the other kids, attending the conference. Weeks after the conference I found the TuxCon kitty badge in my drawer and decide to make something cool with the Kitty badge – To turn it into a TuxCon Kitty TV BGone Mod Irdroid – To make it possible to switch ON/OFF any television by simply replacing several components from the existing design. The software that I have used simply sends a bunch of TV Power (ON/OFF) infrared commands in a loop.

Hardware Mod:

  1. Remove / desolder R1,R2, R3 and R4

  2. Solder 22 Ohm 0805 resistor to R1

  3. Remove Led1 and solder IR LED (TSAL6200)

  4. Desolder D1 and solder a micro switch/button in its place

Software:

The TuxCon Kitty badge is compatible with Arduino and comes pre-programmed with a bootloader and default code. I have programmed a new TuxCon Kitty BGone firmware using a STK500 programmer and desoldering/soldering the MCU (I havent yet found a way to write HEX using the Arduino IDE / the default bootloader in ATTiny85 that shipped with the badge) . I have used a Tiny85 code by Mitch Altman + Limor Fried (Adafruit Industries)

Supported TV Brands:

Acer, Admiral, Aiko, Alleron, Anam National, AOC, Apex, Baur, Bell&Howell, Brillian, Bush, Candle, Citizen, Contec, Cony, Crown, Curtis Mathes, Daiwoo, Dimensia, Electrograph, Electrohome, Emerson, Fisher, Fujitsu, Funai, Gateway, GE, Goldstar, Grundig, Grunpy, Hisense, Hitachi, Infinity, JBL, JC Penney, JVC, LG, Logik, Loewe, LXI, Majestic, Magnavox, Marantz, Maxent, Memorex, Mitsubishi, MGA, Montgomery Ward, Motorola, MTC, NEC, Neckermann, NetTV, Nikko, NTC, Otto Versand, Palladium, Panasonic, Philco, Philips, Pioneer, Portland, Proscan, Proton, Pulsar, Pye, Quasar, Quelle, Radio Shack, Realistic, RCA, Samsung, Sampo, Sansui, Sanyo, Scott, Sears, SEI, Sharp, Signature, Simpson, Sinudyne, Sonolor, Sony, Soundesign, Sylviana, Tatung, Teknika, Thompson, Toshiba, Universum, Viewsonic, Wards, White Westinghouse, Zenith

Downloads:

Source and Firmware

Get a assembled kit:

Grab a assembled and tested TuxCon Kitty TV B Gone Mod (USD 12)

USB Infrared Transceiver workaround for : Failed to set rts/cts in recent Linux Kernels

 

Irdroid USB IR Transceiver v1.0

We have received reports from customers , that is some recent GNU Linux Kernel versions the serial USB ACM Class Driver is causing issues with the Irdroid USB Infrared Transceiver module / Linux kernel versions (above 3.18). Below is a workaround for the affected systems:

In GNU Linux kernel (3.18+), the CDC ACM Class Driver was updated and new features were introduced. These new features are not interoperable with old serial ACM hardware and demand from the USB Manufacturers to introduce additional features in their firmware in order to gain compatibility with the changes in the CDC-ACM driver.

The new driver requires devices to reply whether they support “RTS/CTS” feature. If this call is not implemented in the serial ACM hardware (in the firmware of the serial USB ACM devices), it causes device lock up’s, and fails to enumerate after several seconds of operation. The above affects also the Irdroid USB Infrared Transceiver module and causes inconvenience for the customers.

We have tested various workarounds for the above and came up with a fix, which for now requires the user to recompile the kernel with the USB ACM Driver below:

The Procedure is as follows:

  • Depending on your distribution, you will have to download the Linux kernel source code, unzip, and configure for your system
  • Copy and replace the above files in /drivers/usb/class/….
  • Compile and install your new kernel.

Once you complete the above procedure you will have more stability for your serial ACM devices / hardware.

Update!!!

As of October 2017 All new Irdroid USB Infrared Transceiver modules ship with an updated firmware that provide support for the new USB  ACM Class Driver in Gnu Linux Kernel 3.18 + . For existing customers a firmware update procedure needs to be performed with the firmwarebelow:

 

Irdroid Eye Control

Irdroid Eye Control

Irdroid Eye Control

The Irdroid Eye Control application allows the user to control Infrared controlled appliances such as TVs, STBs and Music Appliances by using the Eye Control technology (*requires pre-installed Eye Control Hardware and Software) or via voice control commands in Windows. The application implements a Lirc/WinLirc client, optimized for the Eye Control. Irdroid Eye Control is free and open source software application. Sources and Binaries can be downloaded from https://github.com/Irdroid/Eye-Control

Application features:

  • Support for all major TV, STB, Video Manufacturers
  • Works with WinLirc and Lirc
  • Compatible with Irdroid USB Infrared transceiver.
  • Java Application
  • Compatible with Windows voice control

Requirements:

  • PC with Java installed.
  • Working WinLirc/Lirc
  • Pre-installed Eye Control Hardware and Software.

Example Application:

  • Allow people with disabilities to control TVs, STBs and more only by focusing their eyes at the Irdroid Accessibility remote control buttons by using their Eye Control Software and Hardware.
  • Allow people with disabilities to control TVs, STBs and more using their voice in Windows.

Add IR Eye Control for you Desktop / Laptop computer

Get Module Kit:

  • Infrared Eye Control Kit that includes the USB Infrared Transceiver, extension cable and Manual can be purchased from http://www.irdroid.eu

Contribution:

Want to contribute and help further developing Irdroid Accessibility? Pull requests are welcome via the project GitHub repository.

[ SOLVED ] Irdroid USB Infrared Transceiver and the Raspberry Pi3

Irdroid USB IR Transceiver and the Raspberry Pi3

Irdroid USB IR Transceiver and the Raspberry Pi3

User’s reported a bug in Lircd (v0.9.4 and below) that renders the DP Irtoy and the Irdroid USB Infrared transceiver modules unusable . When the lircd is started and and after sending a number of IR commands (sometimes it crashes after sending just one ir command ) to the Irdroid USB Infrared transceiver, the module gets de-enumerated and the only way to recover is to unplug and plug again the module in the USB port.

Last few months I am trying to fix this issue with no success then a few days ago I have received an email from a previous customer (Thomas Orgis l  Tnak you very much Thomas! ) who managed to find the bug in Lircd. Thomas has used the GDB in order to debug the issue and he found out that all happens in the “setPin” function in irtoy.c file. He contacted me to provide a patch see below:

— lirc-0.9.4d/plugins/irtoy.c.orig    2017-01-23 10:23:38.000000000 +0100
+++ lirc-0.9.4d/plugins/irtoy.c 2017-02-05 16:42:19.203099837 +0100
@@ -171,13 +171,16 @@
static int setPin(unsigned int pin, int state)
{
unsigned int mask = 1 << pin;
-
+#if 0
IOdirections &= ~mask;
if (state)
IOdata |= mask;
else
IOdata &= ~mask;
return setIOData();
+#else
+       return 0;
+#endif
}

I have tried to open a ticket in sourceforge providing the bugfix to the community , but they replied that this should be now fixed in lircd 0.9.4d (which is not the case). So I am providing here the lircd 0.9.4d with the above mentioned patch already applied so that the users can directly download , compile and install lircd and continue using their Irdroid USB Infrared Transceivers. I have tested the above lircd version with the patch on Raspberry Pi3 with raspbian installed , but it should also work on other GNU Linux Systems.

Downloads:

 

Irdroid USB IR Transceiver compatible with Mac OS X

USB IR Tranceiver compatible with Mac OS X

USB IR Tranceiver compatible with Mac OS X

The Irdroid USB Infrared Transceiver is compatible with Mac OS X and it is working without installing any drivers on the host system. The above is possible due to the fact that the Irdroid USB IR Transceiver enumerates as a serial ACM device. The drivers for these types of devices are built in all Mac OS X versions. When you plug the USB IR Transceiver in a free USB port on your Mac , the device shows up as /dev/cu.usbmodem00000001 .

To use it on your Mac, you will also need the LIRC application software( Linux Infrared Remote control) for Mac OS X , available for Download from our github repository (see the links at the end of this article) . The LIRC software will allow you to use the Transmit and Receive feature of the Irdroid USB IR Transceiver. By using the software you can use your Mac to control almost any appliance that accept Infrared Commands, you can also record / scan existing remote control by using the infrared receive feature built in the Irdroid USB IR Transceiver.

More Info:

Purchase a module:

Downloads: