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Send and receive IR data with this Phidget. You can even learn signals from common devices like your TVs remote so you can reproduce them.


Send and receive IR data with this Phidget. You can even learn signals from common devices like your TVs remote so you can reproduce them.

You can use the PhidgetIR to control devices with remote control input - such as your TV or DVD player, from your computer by having the PhidgetIR transmit remote control codes. Your application can learn the signals from arbitrary remote controls. The learned code can be retransmitted and will function just as if you were pushing the same button on the actual remote. You can also control your computer or Phidgets by recognizing a signal from any remote and using it as an event in your application to trigger some action.

The PhidgetIR can send and receive data encoded in various fashions as pulses of infrared light. The various encoding that the PhidgetIR supports are grouped under the general term Consumer IR or CIR. CIR is generally used to control consumer products such as TVs, DVD players, etc. with a wireless remote control, but in general can be used for any application that needs to transmit low speed data wirelessly.

CIR is a low speed protocol - commands generally contain no more then 32-bits of data with a bit rate of at the most 4000 bits/second, but usually much less. There is no concession for anti-collision, so only one code can be transmitting at any time. Transmission distance depends on the power of the transmitter, but needs to be line of sight - though generally this can include bouncing off walls/ceilings, etc.

CIR data is transmitted using a modulated bit stream. Data is encoded in the length of the pulses / spaces between pulses, of IR light. The pulses of IR light are themselves modulated at a much higher frequency (usually ~38kHz) in order for the receiver to distinguish CIR data from ambient room light.

Comes Packaged with:

  • A 3018 - Mini-USB Cable 180cm
  • A Hardware mounting kit

  • Transmitter

    Carrier Frequency Min (Transmitter) 10 kHz
    Carrier Frequency Max (Transmitter) 1 MHz
    Infrared Wavelength 950 nm
    Directivity (Transmitter) ± 25°


    Carrier Frequency (Receiver) 38 kHz
    Peak Sensitivity Wavelength 950 nm
    Reception Distance Max 18 m
    36/40 kHz Reception Sensitivity Loss 40 %
    Directivity (Receiver) ± 45°


    API Object Name IR
    Bit Rate Max 2 kbit/s
    Update Rate 125 samples/s
    Code Length Max 128 bit
    Pulse/Space Width Max 300 ms
    Gap Length Min 20 ms
    Gap Length Max 100 ms
    Timing Resolution 10 gs
    USB Speed Full Speed

    Electrical Properties

    USB Voltage Min 4.5 V DC
    USB Voltage Max 5.5 V DC
    Current Consumption Max 50 mA

    Physical Properties

    Operating Temperature Min 0 °C
    Operating Temperature Max 70 °C

  • User Guide
  • IR Remote Control Primer
  • Mechanical Drawings
  • Download 3D Step File
  • Programming Resources

  • Enclosure

    You can protect your board by purchasing the 3814 - Acrylic Enclosure for the 1055.


    This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 08 October, 2014.