Published by OneSwitch.org.uk Sunday, 19 July 2015 8:25 am.
These three pictures above aren't very exciting are they? The possibilities are though. The top box is a USB-UIRT Universal Infrared Receiver/Transmitter. The middle box is an Endurace RC PCTx for remote control vehicles. The bottom box is a Compusult USBox relay box that can control switch adapted equipment.
All three boxes allow for PC control over a wide range of equipment. As I understand the USB-UIRT will learn infrared signals from a TV remote and other similar devices (such as a LEGO train-set, remote control for a fan and so on) and allow all of them to be triggered by a PC interface. In principle this means one-switch control, head-tracker control, eye-gaze control and so on.
The Endurance RC PCTx needs a fairly high-end RC Transmitter, with a "Trainer Port [for a Buddy Box] capable of accepting a PPM signal". Likewise all kinds of accessible interfaces in theory could work this system. Liked their list of ideas:
- Wireless robot controller
- Pan and Tilt system for a video camera
- Telepresence robot
- Bomb disposal robot
- Control system for a UAV
- Steering wheel and foot pedal interface to R/C car
- Industrial automation
- Animatronics - puppets and effects
The Compusult USBox can control four (or more if you connect extra USBoxes) switch adapted items, one at a time presently. They've just recently improved the Java based software so that you can momentarily turn a device on/off making control much easier than this.