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Amazon left out IR on their fire TV, but Flirc came to the rescue. TonySKI got a flirc for his firetv and spent the time to put together an awesome tutorial to help others. Be sure to check it out. Thanks so much Tony, who was also thanked with a plethora of free goodies for my sincere gratitude in helping the community.
We’ve added a new distributor to our portfolio, Tinkerlings.
Tinkerlings is a great outfit in Florida that is selling trinkets, tinkerlings, pi’s and flircs. I’m excited to announce our partnership, we have a lot in common, including our motives and beliefs. Be sure to check out their store and see the rest of their offerings.
The firmware is packaged into the GUI, please download the latest release and go to advance->force firmware upgrade.
The firmware updated includes the following:
- fixed possible stuck key or endless repeats.
- general cleanup
Please feel free to send in feedback regarding this release.
The next version of the firmware has been released, v2.2 which is part of GUI v1.1.6
This new firmware supports pairing of the media keys:
pause/play, next track previous track, etc.
You can also pair the suspend key which will put your computer to sleep. This was widely requested.
There is no official pairing in the GUI as of yet, you’ll have to use the commandline which ships with the GUI on every OS.
God I hate shipping to Canada. There I said it. Not because I don’t like Canadian’s, but because it takes so damn long.
So today, I’m excited to announce a new authorized distributor, BuyaPi
BuyaPi.ca is one of Canada’s leading retailers of microcomputers and micro-controllers, as well as their accessories. Based out of Ottawa, their web store ships across Canada and the US. They carry Raspberry Pi’s, Arduinos, and a wide variety of accessories and other electronic components.
Purchase Link: http://www.buyapi.ca/product/flirc-rpi-usb-xbmc-ir-remote-receiver/
A friend of mine was invited to a disney themed party. The girl hosting it required all her invitee’s wear a disney costume, however, it had to be self made. Naturally, he wanted to do something as ‘cool’ as possible, so he chose Tron. He then ran over in my direction and said, ‘hey Jason, you gotta help me with my tron costume, I want to hack up an off the shelf tron disk’.
Here is the original disk we used.Here is a link to a video demonstration (this is not me doing the review)
You can see it’s a pretty cheesy disk, it’s just a kids toy. There are plenty of mods online, but this will put most of those to shame.
Here is our final modification, it’s a video link, CLICK it!
It’s got two lithium ion batteries, a usb charger for the batteries, a boost convertor to run the led’s, magnets installed so he can wear it on his back, it uses 1.2Amps off 12V (because of the 20 LED segments), and the microcontroller is running a poor man’s scheduler to get pwm output on all those led segments. All the code has been posted, and a schematic have been shared which demonstrates how we hooked everything up.
There is nothing on the inside that was saved. We threw away all the wires, all the circuits, and my friend even had to dremel away the plastic walls on the inside so everything would fit. The only thing we used was the enclosure. I wasn’t at the party, but apparently he was a hit and they asked him to turn it off because it was blinding everyone. Assuming they were in a dimly lit bar and drunk.
It’s open source, head to my github repo and you can check out the firmware, a little commandline application for kicking the device into the bootloader, and a very rough schematic.
Here are some more pictures of the process and his final costume.
LED strip we used.
Some of the lights that will be used on the actual suit.
The costume was made out of a scuba diving suit.
He didn’t want his face on the internet.