Now the authorized Australian distributor of FLIRC
Remapping Brilliance (the company that operates buyraspberrypi.com.au) is in business to find the most innovative, useful and ground-changing products in the world and make them available to the Australian marketplace.
I think all our readers would agree that the Raspberry Pi fits this description.
Now, let us introduce the FLIRC.
The FLIRC is a programmable USB Infra-red receiver that allows you to use a standard remote control with any software on your PC, by converting your button presses into keyboard input. It requires no software (except to program it) and your PC/Raspberry Pi/Android Media Center/Apple Computer just thinks it is a wired USB keyboard.
FLIRC for your Pi
The Raspberry Pi allows you to control XBMC using your normal TV remote control via HDMI-CEC. So you may be wondering why we are so excited to add the FLIRC to our Raspberry Pi accessories range. The answer is this:
HDMI-CEC will only take you so far.
Most TV remote controls work with play, pause, fast forward and rewind. But getting to the XBMC context menu, the in-movie menu’s and volume-controls are impossible on many remotes. Furthermore, some new TV’s that say they support CEC …. well, lets just say you get what you pay for.
The FLIRC takes all this guesswork out of the equation, you program your remote with the controls you want, plug it into the Pi and away you go.
If you’re replacing your old HTPC with a Raspberry Pi for the power and space saving attributes (or the 1080p hardware decoding that your Core 2 duo didn’t have), a FLIRC might give you what you need to move that old HTPC into the kids bedroom.
FLIRC for your PC
We know there are millions of USB MCE remote controls for your PC, so why would you bother with a FLIRC?
Well, it’s because the MCE remote control is great for controlling Windows Media Center (actually, the cheap MCE ‘compatible’ remote control we had wasn’t that great at doing even that); but because it presents its self to your PC as a remote control, it needs to be programmed and supported in any piece of software you want to use it in.
Not with FLIRC, because it just outputs remote control commands as keyboard-input, every program works with it. XBMC, VLC, Windows Media Player, RealPlayer, iTunes – as long as you can control it with your keyboard, you can control it from 10 feet away.
THAT is what a USB remote control should do!