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In race of technologies among smartphones it is fashionable to add the IR-port, it seems as not especially necessary thing recently, but for a hang-up that, we have, and at competitors is not present – it is good. Though why not especially necessary? Among equipment still the majority uses the IK-channel for management from the panel and idea it seems good, but here implementation usually limps. Several times observed as my friend, saying that supposedly here I have a built-in IR panel on phone, now I will change the channel of the TV, for example on a visit, came across impossibility of it to make because of some foolish restrictions. It seems the panel is, but does not want to work or demands finding of equipment in the same WiFi of a network, as phone or some wild setup. Generally, straight off the normal inhabitant cannot understand, and further or laziness as it is simpler to make the normal panel, or is not present time for it. I suspect that most of readers of Geektimes has no such problems, but for example, browsing third-party applications for multifunctional IR panels in Play a market, I often met comments it seems: — the great application at last my HTC is able to manage something through IR. That is the problem with a standard IR-port on smartphones is. And what to do who has no such port, but there is a strong wish?

Infrared multitul or it is simpler – the multipanel


So, I represent the hero of today's overview – the multipanel.

Infrared multitul or it is simpler – the multipanel

In the beautiful transparent blister the lonely tabletochka with the connector the father-Jack 3,5mm lies. The connector of the 4th section with support of the channel of the microphone.

Infrared multitul or it is simpler – the multipanel

Plus is microUSB an input for charging of the device and yes there are an accumulator and an IR LED inside.

Infrared multitul or it is simpler – the multipanel

Infrared multitul or it is simpler – the multipanel

Inside there is couple of the hidden LEDs of blue and red flowers which signal about operation of the device or its charging.
By the way, why inside accumulator? And everything is simple. In the tablets body the small signal multiplier is hidden in addition to just IR radiator and the receiver, also. The matter is that IR signals register programmatically and transferred in a type of sound vibrations, and standard Jack the connector does not give to the necessary power a signal, it is necessary to strengthen it and to give on the radiating element.

Here so all this looks in unassembled form:

Infrared multitul or it is simpler – the multipanel

Infrared multitul or it is simpler – the multipanel

Generally the idea is simple, implementation is almost elementary. For fans absolutely of a hardcore, there is a project where all can most be soldered, the truth in that project I do not know whether there is a support of the android or not. And here already everything works from a box, and both at the green robot, and at the taken a bite apple. For Dadzhet's android offers Dadzhet Multipult's application adapted by them: multipult.ark

Installation of the application and its work


My jotas and the old smartphone without IR LED, but still vigorous old man – Samsung Galaxy S3. That I only on it did not put … Most of all I liked a firmware from Xiaomi, a firmware, but not a cover. But in the latest version where function of an unblocking of a smart on the device attached by Bluetooth in a transmitter's range was supported, MIUI mercilessly was buggy as a result I passed to CianogenMod and periodically I update it. This also did not allow me to install the application, it for some reason does not support the version of the robot 5.1.1 though with 5.1 in principle works. From a market just is not established as writes that the device is not supported and downloaded and set directly it is started and … nothing occurs. The main screen of the application does not appear. I will wait for updating of the application. For now I test everything on apple :)

Infrared multitul or it is simpler – the multipanel

With the tablet it looks, has to be recognized, funny. The round thingummy which is sticking out of Jack obviously has to hook on a look. It to a question of the hidden switching of channels in public places :) And houses somehow all the same, confuses nobody.

Infrared multitul or it is simpler – the multipanel

By the way, noticed that the multipanel sits a little at an angle, interesting it is a bug or a feature? Let's consider time it is inserted into iPad – that is a feature :)

For Apple of devices, the application is a little another, it is called Smart Remote. The application has small problems with Russian, but it does not influence functionality.

Infrared multitul or it is simpler – the multipanel

We include the application, we insert the multipanel and volume automatically increases by a maximum.
The application suggests to create rooms, sorting the assembled and configured panels by certain scopes of application – it is convenient.

Infrared multitul or it is simpler – the multipanel

The list of the supported devices rather impressive:

Infrared multitul or it is simpler – the multipanel

In each category there is a sorting according to brands, and having already selected this or that brand of the necessary equipment the application the panel configuration suggests to select necessary.

Infrared multitul or it is simpler – the multipanel

There is not absolutely an opportunity. It is necessary to select by method of tests. Perelistnul on the panel from the list also you press the button checking as will apprehend this combination, for example the TV. It seems to me it is not really correct method, it is necessary to select in blind and for fleeting control of the TV, for example in the dining room, it not absolutely approaches.

Infrared multitul or it is simpler – the multipanel

Infrared multitul or it is simpler – the multipanel

I tried to manage LG TVs in our local dining room, but they were connected through Pioneer receiver, and it in the list did not appear. The original panel is necessary and then it is possible to sparsit its signals.

This is already more interesting and it is pleasant to me more.

Infrared multitul or it is simpler – the multipanel

The first panel which I tried houses was the panel from Apple. It in the list standard unfortunately did not appear. But it does not matter. We pass into the DIY mode.

Infrared multitul or it is simpler – the multipanel

We select approximate functionality which will characterize your panel and we begin to configure buttons

Infrared multitul or it is simpler – the multipanel

As a result all buttons were recognized and the multipanel perfectly began to duplicate original signals. But it is fine, I now practically do not use this panel. And here beautiful screenshots of programs in markets show functionality of the panel from the conditioner.

Infrared multitul or it is simpler – the multipanel

Infrared multitul or it is simpler – the multipanel

I in principle am happy with the conditioner, but there is one small but. For some reason the vendor took out separately the button of switching of cooling and heating. Possibly it is a certain protection against children that did not click after what in vain, I do not know. But it seems to me a little strange.

Infrared multitul or it is simpler – the multipanel

Infrared multitul or it is simpler – the multipanel

Parsim signals from the panel in the mode of cooling and heating, and la's vu:

Infrared multitul or it is simpler – the multipanel

It is not necessary to open more a lid to perklyuchit a jumper, both modes turn out are added to a program memory.

After creation of graphic display of buttons of the panel it is possible to edit their size and provision.

Infrared multitul or it is simpler – the multipanel

It is practically possible to configure everything, well unless it is impossible to load the pictures on buttons, but their choice is rather big.

During week-end visiting the mother-in-law, tried to direct its old TV from Samsung.

Infrared multitul or it is simpler – the multipanel

Infrared multitul or it is simpler – the multipanel

Infrared multitul or it is simpler – the multipanel

Infrared multitul or it is simpler – the multipanel

Infrared multitul or it is simpler – the multipanel

5 minutes of setup and No Problem. The more you add panels, the more you begin to appreciate this device and the program. There is a wish to add more and more the panel :)

Infrared multitul or it is simpler – the multipanel

In addition to control of external devices via the multipanel it is possible also and to make the return management. Control of the smartphone camera for, for example, selfie.

Here everything is simple. You put the smartphone on a table/chair or a dresser, you depart that all it was visible you switch it to the selfie mode, you take any IR panel and you press on it any key. As soon as the sensor of the multipanel catches an IR signal, the smartphone will take the picture.

Infrared multitul or it is simpler – the multipanel

Generally now it turns out as in that movie, in the near future I will be "with the panel on life" :)

The panel can be found according to this link: multipanel

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