LIRC LabVIEW User Interface for the Raspberry PI


Hardware components:
R8326274 01
Raspberry Pi 2 Model B
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IR receiver (generic)
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IR transmitter (generic)
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Fairchild semiconductor pn2222abu. image
General Purpose Transistor NPN
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Software apps and online services:
Labview home package neidctwb5w
Digilent LabVIEW Home Bundle
Linx mxuvez0wwn
Digilent LINX

LIRC LabVIEW User Interface for the Raspberry PI

STORY

In my previous tutorial “ Creating a Raspberry Pi Universal remote with LIRC“, I show you how to set up a program called LIRC (LINUX Infrared Remote Control) so you can turn your Raspberry Pi into a universal remote. One common complaint about LIRC is its user interface, even setting it up can be a daunting process for someone that is unfamiliar with Linux. That is why I decided to use LabVIEW to create a graphical interface for LIRC. My LabVIEW VI’s make it easy to set up and edit remote profiles. Sending remote signals is also much easier as well, you can now pick from your available remotes and remote buttons and send the command from your computer or tablet. In this post, I will walk you through my LIRC VI’s.

Step 1: Setup

Setup

Although you can connect an IR LED directly to GPIO pins on the Raspberry Pi, the LED’s output signal will be too weak, and the IR transmitter will have a very limited range. A simple transistor circuit solves the problem by amplifying the current output from a pin and thus increasing the IR LED’s signal strength.First place your IR LED on the breadboard and wire the long leg(Anode) to 3.3 volts(pin 1) and the long leg(Cathode) to the Emitter of your transistor. Next, run a wire from ground(pin 6) to the collector of your transistor and then use a 10K resistor to connect the base of your transistor to pin 22.

First place your IR LED on the breadboard and wire the long leg(Anode) to 3.3 volts(pin 1) and the long leg(Cathode) to the Emitter of your transistor. Next, run a wire from ground(pin 6) to the collector of your transistor and then use a 10K resistor to connect the base of your transistor to pin 22. Next, place your IR receiver on the breadboard. Run 3.3 Volts to its right leg and connect its center leg to ground. Finally connect pin 23 to the left leg of your IR receiver.

Step 2: Materials

Hardware

Software

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