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Hardware News   Hardware News : First hardware release by OnyxSoft
   posted by Deniil715 on 21-Aug-2008 18:01:10 (3113 reads)
Here is the first hardware release from OnyxSoft. We have a new build-it-yourself project and software for it!

New hardware:


ParIR v1.0 - (OS4) This is a package that makes it possible to control your AmigaOne using any normal IR remote control, possibly from another room (your livingroom?) using a normal ethernet cable, and at the same time send your computer's sound through that same ethernet cable to this other room while still using the ethernet cable for ethernet!

It is also possible to only use parts of this project if you are only interested in audio-over-ethernet, or only getting IR codes into your computer.

See the readme for more information.
    

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Re: First hardware release by OnyxSoft
Posted on 21-Aug-2008 20:00:20
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This is a really cool idea. Is there any chance of getting some already assembled hardware for those of us who aren't very handy with a soldering iron?

Thanks.
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Re: First hardware release by OnyxSoft
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Not at the moment, no.

Perhaps I should also mention that the IR receiver part connects to the parallel port.

I do plan a new version for USB though which I intend to make a real PCB for that can be manufactured.


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Re: First hardware release by OnyxSoft
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Cool DIY project!

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Hey, great! Thanks.


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Re: First hardware release by OnyxSoft
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Cool! What about using a header for the A1's onboard IrDA controller?

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Pretty cool stuff but not of use to me. Look forward to seeing more.

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Don't know how to use that IrDA controller. I also doubt it is useful for receiving remote control signals which use their own protocols and bitrates depending on brand. I did think about it though!

Perhaps someone has some knowledge of how to use it and I might consider it. But then again, I would prefer USB for the next version. That way it could be used with almost all kinds of computers.

I just hope USB supports interrupts! I haven't investigated that. My device relies on interrupts and is extremely CPU efficient and use no polling, no reading of individual bits and have a latency of almost zero (considering the speed of remote controls themselves). It would be ideal for Classic Amigas if the parallel port would support interrupts.

I have the EZ-Link remote tranciever for my A1200 but it is quite slow and often miss remote codes. My device doesn't My device doesn't send codes though but that could quite easily be added.


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Posted on 22-Aug-2008 16:24:21
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Nice, but could you tell me what kind of operations can I do with that remote control? Can I switch the power on/off, start some applications?

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@mailman

You can do anything you can do from CLI and Arexx!

This does not include switching on and off the computer as far as I know, but you can start applications, and quit them via Arexx. You can operate AmigaAMP or any other player that has an Arexx port. This is my main usage and why the device includes sending audio the other way through the same cable.

You can also type on your keyboard and move the mouse. There is Arexx software for this on Aminet.


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@Varthall
Unfortunately the IrDA protocol is pretty strict on timing and the likes, it would be unusual to find an IrDA controller that would be flexible enough to send and receive all the different frequencies required, and even if it could, it still requires some handshaking, parity etc. just like RS232, which is missing from IR remote protocols.

Having said that, I have heard of some people getting limited success from their IrDA headers on a PC under Linux. Must look that up again...

Nice project by the way, as a fan and user of InfraRexx and similar, I'll look into this in more detail when I have time!


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