While shopping in free I saw a few universal remotes being sold real cheap..(less than $10). I just gave my dad a computer last year for him to watch his movies. However, he currently has to control it with a mouse, which is not exactly user friendly.. which makes me remember sthing I wanted to know a few years ago..a PC IR receiver, in this way I can just buy a universal remote for $10 bucks and let him use it to control the PC
After some research, I finally remembered where I got stuck the last time — the difference btw IrDA and CIR. The IR receivers our laptop comes with are made to do IrDA (communication / data tranfer btw devices etc). This is different compared to the remote controls we use, they are called (CIR) Consumer Infrared. So I guess the next step is to get myself a CIR receiver hardware…
From http://www.alanjmcf.me.uk/comms/infrared/IrDA%20uses%20(brief).html :
To be updated..