Have you looked around you house or apartment lately and realized that you have a lot of junk? Twenty different remotes for the different entertainment components, two different house phones, cell phones, mp3 players, external hard drives, USB disc drives, and enough cords to braid a bedroom rug?
Imagine for a moment what your life would be like if you could control everything you own from one device? No more remote boat to keep track of everything. Just grab a device, click, and whatever you point it at will do what you want. Well, we already have that. It’s called the Universal remote. Oddly enough, few actually use them. Too hard to configure, or it’s just another remote, so why bother?
What if you could control all of your electronic devices with your iPod? It’s likely something you’ve already got handy or that you carry with you in your pocket. What if you could throw all your remotes away, replacing them with a device you already have laying around? Would you do it?
If you want to turn your iPod into a handy Universal remote to control all of your digital boxes, follow the next simple steps to get started. The total price for this endevour is less than $30USD, assuming you have all the gadgets needed, or you know someone who will let you borrow them.
Pocket PC running Windows Mobile
Total Remote Software + Device
Step 1: The first step is purchase the Griffin Total Remote Software and the IR device. This won’t work without the device – its a small unit that plugs into the headphone jack of your iPod and and transmits an infrared signal that is read by your digital boxes. This is the staple of the project. You’ll also need the software that comes with the package.
Step 2: Install the total remote software on your Pocket PC. This software will record the signal that is transmitted from a remote and transferring it into an audio file that can be transferred to an iPod.
Open the program and choose EDIT from the bottom of the program. Choose ONE SHOT-SAMPLING from the menu. Now press the POWER button. It will instruct you to hold your remote up to the IR port and it will record the signal it gives off, transferring it into an audio signal.
Step 3: Once it’s finished, you need to hook a two-male connector cable, 3.5mm jack, from the headphone jack to the line-in port on your computer. Install a program called Audacity and configure it to record from LINE-IN. You need to set it to PCM, 44HRz, 16-bit, stereo. You have to use these settings.
Step 4: Press the RECORD button on Audacity, and then play the recorded signal on the Pocket PC. After it finishes, press STOP on Audacity. Now, mute the right channel of the sound file and save it as a WAV file, following the audio specifications of Step 3.
Step 5: Connect your iPod to your computer and open iTunes. Transfer the file to your iPod. Plug the IR device into the iPod. Now, point it at the device that it controls and press the play button. It should work.
Step 6: You will need to record the functions for all the different buttons on the remote. Save them all in a playlist titled to that device so you can easily identify it.