The IR Block is a truly unique block. Not only is it sending and seeing lights waves which we can't see with our naked eyes, but it can act both as an Action Block and also an Input Block at the same time. As it can both send and receive information, the range of applications for this block is only limited by your imagination. From collecting data to controlling appliances and everything in-between, the IR Block facilitates a wide-range of applications.
Within the Kitsunei Creator, the IR block can be put into the Workspace by opening the Quick Menu and selecting the IR2 Block from the Hardware Blocks Menu.
To add an IR source click the plus button next to the Add Item option in the Custom Settings.
In order to use the IR signal you must first record its unique signature. This can be done by clicking on the record icon. While it is waiting for a signal it will be flashing red. Press a button on your remote or any other IR device to record the signal. Once the signal is saved the icon will turn green. Your signal is now ready to use.
Rename your recorded clicking on the current name (IR-1) and type in the new name. Once you are finished adding your signals and renaming them click Save in the Properties Panel.
The IR signal you have recorded now can be used as both an Action and Input in the Logic Maker.
Uses as an Input
The IR signals can be received in an INPUT Gate to trigger events. Some ideas for use cases are:
- Receive IR signals from a remote to control a car
- Creating a Voting system with the IR Remote and Block
- Collect data on when and how you use your remotes at home/work/school
- Use your remote as a trigger for specific set of logic
- Notify your mates when you have started playing video games on the TV. You can also send another email notifying them you have finished.
Uses as an Action
The IR signals can also be sent out using an ACTION Gate. Some ideas for use cases are:
- By saving the IR signals from a TV remote you can program your TV to turn on to your favourite channel when you wake up or as an alarm.
- You could save IR signals from your air conditioner remote and use the temperature block to automatically turn on or off the air conditioner if it gets too hot or cold.
- Any home device that can be operated with a remote control can be automated with the Kitsi blocks.