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Hello Mi Fans, in today's Tech Class we will be going through the topic infrared blaster its uses and how to make use of it the most? and the top apps used . Hope you all are having fun and gaining lot of knowledge from this vast and huge resource center Mi Community.
WHAT IS IR/INFRARED ?
Infrared (IR) is an invisible radiant energy, electormagnetic radiation with longer wavelengths than those of visible light, extending from the nominal red edge of the visible spectrum at 700 nanometers (frequency 430 THz) to 1000000 nm (300 GHz) (although people can see infrared up to at least 1050 nm in experiments. Most of the thermal radiation emitted by objects near room temperature is infrared.
Infrared (IR) radiation is a type of electromagnetic radiation (a wave with electricity) . The wave is longer than light which humans can see and shorter than microwaves. The word infrared means below red. It comes from the Latin word infra (meaning below) and the English word red.
An infrared blaster (or IR blaster) is a device that emulates an infrared remote control to autonomously control a device that is normally controlled only by remote control key presses.
An IR Blaster or IR Transmitter emulates the functionality of remote for any device. IR Blaster works by emitting an infrared signal or infrared light to the device and then controlling it various functions. The infrared light is emitted by small LED and it is invisible to naked eye. This infrared signal or light contains a particular infrared code in form of pattern for each device and its functions, so that the receiving device can recognize it and then operate accordingly. For example LG and Samsung TVs infrared codes will be different and also for its various functions like volume, power on/off etc. Therefore if your Smartphone is having an IR Blaster then it can act as Universal Remote. There are also some good applications for IR Blaster that can convert your Smartphone as a Universal Remote.
Types Of IR Blasters
*Internal IR Blaster
*External IR Blaster
Internal IR blaster as the name says are devices with IR blaster inbuilt inside them.They are permanently fixed inside and usually is much more optimized than external blasters since the phones support them. Most phones with internal IR blaster have an dedicated software.
An external blaster is a add-on device that can be attached to your android smartphone and turning it into a Universal remote. There are two types of external IR blasters, one plug into the 3.5mm audio port of your phone and other one in the micro-USB port of your smartphone and it only works if your smartphone supports OTG (On-The-Go).External IR blasters are not that successful and they do not work on every smartphone. They need special IR Blaster software of their own for their working. Also the range of these external IR blasters is not good.
Main Uses Of IR Blaster
IR LEARNING IS THE CAPABILITY OF A DEVICE TO LEARN COMMANDS FROM ANOTHER IR DEVICE,FOR INSTANCE YOUR TV ISN'T IN THE LIST OF SUPPORTED DEVICES YOU CAN TAKE THE DEVICE'S REMOTE POINT,AIM AND SHOOT AT THE PHONE'S IR BLASTER AND SET THE BUTTONS ACCORDINGLY VERY FEW DEVICES SUPPORT IR LEARNING.
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THESE TYPE OF DEVICES CAN ONLY SEND SIGNALS BUT CAN'T RECEIVE IT.
TOP IR BLASTER APPLICATIONS
Anymote Universal Remote (Smart IR Remote)
[Price: Free / 466.20 RS]
Google Cast (Chromecast)
SURE Universal Remote
[Price: Free / 321.47 RS ]
Twinone IR Remote
[Price: Free / 266.11 RS]
[Price: Free / 239.44 RS]
Mi Remote controller for TV/AC
Control your electric appliances with your phone using Mi Remote. Whenever you can’t find your remote or feel like pranking your friends, Mi
Supported appliances: TV, air-conditioner, set top box, DVD player, projector, A/V receiver, camera, etc.
Supported Brands: Samsung, LG, Sony, Panasonic, Sharp, Haier, Videocon, Micromax, Onida, etc.
Most phones with IR blasters support Mi Remote and its features.
All mobile devices can be used to control Mi TV/Mi Box and other smart TVs with standard protocols over Wi-Fi. All mobile devices support Mi Remote’s integration with TV scheduling.
Supported phones: Samsung S4/S5/S6/S6 Edge/Note 3/Note 4, HTC One Series, Mi 4/Mi 4c/Mi 5/Redmi 4/Redmi Note 2/Redmi Note 3, Huawei Honor 3/6/6 plus
Mi Remote. Life at the tips of your fingers.
LIST OF DEVICES THAT HAVE IR BLASTERS
Hope you all understood about IR BLASTER and its uses. According to a study nearly 40% of people who own phones with IR Blasters don't use it because they don't know much about it, hope this tech class is useful and will make people use the most out of IR Blasters.
Credits: Google Images, Wikipedia,Android Authoritty,Akshat Varma Blog and Thanks to all Device Team Members, Especially @paramgagan,manmeet,karthik,neeraj