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This Little Hub Turns Any Phone or Computer Into a Universal Remote. (Learns and Sends Codes)
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Post 1 made on Thursday December 29, 2016 at 12:01
WaveSpark
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Check it out today on Kickstarter!
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What is IR Universal Smart Hub?
The IR Universal Smart Hub is a companion to the IR Universal Remote app and the IR Universal Remote website. Since the first release of the the IR Universal Remote application it has required an Android device with a built in IR blaster to work. The only way to support devices without an IR Blaster was to build an external unit with an IR blaster built in. Thus the IR Universal Smart Hub was created. As an added bonus the IR Universal Smart Hub doesn't require a phone or any apps to work. It is an IoT based solution that allows control from any device that has web capabilities and is connected to the same network. Control the hub from your phone, computer, or maybe even your fridge if it has web capabilities.

What is IR Universal Remote?
IR Universal Remote is an Android application I released back in 2013. The application allows users to control TVs, Cable Boxes, Radios, Air Conditioners, Fans and more from their Android phone or tablet.

How to Send IR Codes?
How to Send IR Codes? The IR Universal Database has over 500,000 unique individual infrared codes. There are thousands of supported devices already available. By using the IR Universal Remote app or website you will be able to access and send any of the 500,000 IR codes using the IR Universal Smart Hub.


+Reading (Learn Physical Remotes)
The +Reading version of the hub allows reading and saving your physical remote codes directly into the companion Android app or you can send the codes to your web browser where you can copy the raw text of the codes. You can also send the learned codes from your web browser or any IR supported device. The infrared reader works with most consumer remotes at 38khz frequency.



Major Brands Supported


Micro USB Powered
Use any USB power source to power the Smart Hub. The power cable is the same as the cable used to charge Android phones. Use a wall adapter to plug the device directly into the wall or you can plug it into the device you are controlling.

Power Sources
  • Wall Outlet - Plug the Smart Hub in to any wall outlet with a USB to A/C adapter. It's the exact same as plugging your phone into the wall outlet.
  • Mobile Power Bank - Using a mobile power bank allows you to take your Smart Hub on the go. Using the Smart Hub with a mobile power bank is perfect for traveling. Whether you are staying at a hotel or with family you can set the Smart Hub on a night stand or side table without worrying about a place to plug in.
  • Phone / Tablet - If you have an On The Go (OTG) cable then you can power the hub from your phone. This can be the perfect alternative to using a mobile power bank. By powering the Universal Smart Hub By your phone you are able to take it with you with you on the go with little to no additional accessories.
  • Laptop - Using your laptop or desktop computer to control the Smart Hub? Why not plug it in there as well. You can plug the Hub into any USB outlet. Whether you have a Mac, Windows, or Linux computer you can plug the hub in. You can also plug the Smart Hub directly into your TV or your Cable box.
How Universal is It?
The hub is meant to be as universal as possible. Not only can you use it to control your TV but you can also use your Smart TV and other smart devices to control things. If you do have a smart TV then you can use your TVs web browser to view and send codes from the IR Universal website to the hub. So if you have a fan or a radio in your house then you can point the Smart Hub at it and use your TV remote to control the fan or radio.

Last edited by Impaqt (moderator) on December 29, 2016 13:00.
Post 2 made on Thursday December 29, 2016 at 12:07
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Cool little device.
The Kickstarter part completely nixed, killed and dropped the whole idea on the
proverbial pile of old magazines.
I may be schizophrenic, but at least I have each other.
Post 3 made on Thursday December 29, 2016 at 12:50
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Dude... you realize your 'innovative' device has been done 1000+ times over & over & over again! And it has the same BS limitations ALL of them have.
1) You have no database. 500,000 is shit. There are millions of codes needed to even begin. And I'm wiling to bet top dollar, you have none of the 'special' codes that are needed for devices (just like all these other "me to" devices).
2) 38kHz only? You know how much this limits your device to controlling things in the REAL world.

By the way (in case you didn't notice), this is a professional forum section. Where we use REAL control systems that have been around for decades.

Also, did you pay or get permission from the forum owner to spam here?
Post 4 made on Thursday December 29, 2016 at 13:00
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Kickstarter link removed.

same ole' same ole'
I'm no engineer, but I did stay at a Motel 6 last night!
Post 5 made on Thursday December 29, 2016 at 13:04
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Another useless device by some schmuck that was too cheap to buy a real remote and tinkered until he (it's always a he, women are too smart) came up with this little POS.

Even the guys at AVS are going to laugh their asses off at this waste of time.

Don't quit your day job!
"Quality isn't expensive, it's Priceless!"
Post 6 made on Thursday December 29, 2016 at 13:31
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On December 29, 2016 at 13:04, kgossen said...
Another useless device by some schmuck that was too cheap to buy a real remote and tinkered until he (it's always a he, women are too smart) came up with this.

I read his profile on the link. Like many of these guys, they are some form of engineer or what not, that has been working with a company doing something with electronics or control.
They get a bright idea to do a project like this, because they or none of their friends have ever seen a real control system before. They think they can bring something great and innovative to the market. Completely ignoring doing ANY research to see what is already out there. And having no real understanding of what it really takes to do a proper control system.

Some of them (after diving head 1st into this) do the research after the fact. Then realize instead of hundreds of hours of their time, it will take thousands or tens of thousands of hours to properly develop a real system. Most bail at that point, while others just continue with their cheesy 'me-to' product.
Post 7 made on Thursday December 29, 2016 at 13:47
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On December 29, 2016 at 13:31, Brad Humphrey said...
I read his profile on the link. Like many of these guys, they are some form of engineer or what not, that has been working with a company doing something with electronics or control.
They get a bright idea to do a project like this, because they or none of their friends have ever seen a real control system before. They think they can bring something great and innovative to the market. Completely ignoring doing ANY research to see what is already out there. And having no real understanding of what it really takes to do a proper control system.

Some of them (after diving head 1st into this) do the research after the fact. Then realize instead of hundreds of hours of their time, it will take thousands or tens of thousands of hours to properly develop a real system. Most bail at that point, while others just continue with their cheesy 'me-to' product.

But this is such a joke. There are 10 year olds that would look at it and laugh and laugh and laugh. I'm sure Lego has a kit that looks better and does a better job! I would buy this just to feel like it's 2003 again.

But hey, it's not as bad as Apple thinking they're incredibly innovative by putting an emoji bar on their new macbooks! Amazing thing is they're the first to do it, they actually didn't steal from somebody else!
"Quality isn't expensive, it's Priceless!"
Post 8 made on Thursday December 29, 2016 at 13:50
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Were it able to learn RF codes and had a database of several million codes, it might actually be worthwhile.


Oh well. Back to the dark confines of the engineering room.... LOL
Post 9 made on Thursday December 29, 2016 at 14:55
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I'll take eight... the phone / remote UI is what sold me.

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Post 10 made on Thursday December 29, 2016 at 15:17
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I don't recall any case where a "blaster" would have done the job.
Post 11 made on Thursday December 29, 2016 at 15:57
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Why don't these idiots ever go to google and search their see if someone has already made something like this before?
Civil War reenactment is LARPing for people with no imagination.

Post 12 made on Thursday December 29, 2016 at 16:04
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On December 29, 2016 at 15:57, Fins said...
Why don't these idiots ever go to google and search there to see if someone has already made something like this before?

Because he's an engineer so he knows better than anybody else. Didn't you know that? :D
"Quality isn't expensive, it's Priceless!"
Post 13 made on Thursday December 29, 2016 at 18:28
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Amazing how many products are on KS when you search for "remote control". Including one that uses 3 GPS like satellites that you stick on your wall. This is so the remote knows what device you are pointing. Why? So it will display the controls for that device on the all glass display. Then you'll be able to control it.

Oh, you can even point it at the window so you can receive the forecast, or the door to order uber.

I wonder if I can point at the wife to order my dinner???

KOT
Post 14 made on Thursday December 29, 2016 at 20:21
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On December 29, 2016 at 18:28, King of typos said...
I wonder if I can point at the wife to order my???

KOT

Fixed that for you, since I figured you are going to be disappointed, you might as well be going for the gold on your way to being disappointed in the outcome.... :-)
Post 15 made on Thursday December 29, 2016 at 21:01
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I installed and programmed URC, ProControl, and Control4 systems for years. I don't work in the industry anymore and I just gave my MX 980/MRF-350 to my parents and replaced it with the SimpleControl iPhone app with the Simple Blaster. It works great and even had the codes for my electric screen. Frankly I use my Apple TV remote for almost everything. There is a place for these devices.
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