Here’s a cool DIY on how to make your own serial port IR receiver.
What does it do you ask?
Well, IR receiver can be used for controlling any IR devices or reading from them such as TVs, DVDs, etc…etc…
The best part about this DIY is that it can be used for making your custom DIY media center.
This circuitry allows you to control your computer with a simple remote, like the one you already use for your TV-set. It’s very useful when you want to control a DVD or an mp3 player without having to stay at the