iRMimic - Making TV Simple Again!
iRMimic - Making TV Simple Again!
Solve your input confusion at the push of a button with a learning remote that syncs your TV, cable box, HDMI & other A/V components!
Solve your input confusion at the push of a button with a learning remote that syncs your TV, cable box, HDMI & other A/V components! Read more
About this project
What is the iRMimic?
The iRMimic is an IR (infrared) learning remote built into a set top box. The iRMimic knows the status (on or off) of your TV and cable/satellite box. The iRMimic sends out IR commands when your TV turns on and off. So, for example when your TV turns on, you can have the iRMimic send commands to turn on all of your devices, change the TV to the correct input, select the correct audio settings on your AV receiver and change to your favorite channel. When your TV turns off, you can send commands to turn off all of your devices. It’s very simple, but it solves several very frustrating problems – your cable box and other components getting out of sync with your TV, the wrong sound settings on your AV receiver, and your TV set to the incorrect input.
Why do I need the iRMimic?
Your cable or satellite remote has the ability to control your other components, but it’s not perfect. You have to keep the remote pointed at the TV and components and the remote doesn’t know if the TV, cable or satellite box has actually turned on, and the remote doesn’t have the ability to send complex macros (multiple IR codes) or timed events. Advanced learning remotes can send macros, but they are expensive, require custom programming, and are not easy to use. The iRMimic allows you to use your existing cable or satellite remote and takes care of the other issues automatically such as syncing your devices and switching to the right TV input. The iRMimic also has four easy access buttons located on the front of the device that can be programmed to switch inputs, change channels, turn your TV and components on and off, or anything else you would like it to do.
Will this work on my TV?
If your TV has a USB port that turns on and off with the TV, then the iRMimic should work just fine. We have tested many TVs and have only come across a couple of TVs that leave power to the USB port when the TV is off. You can easily test this – simply plug your cell phone into the USB port on your TV (with your USB charging cable). When your TV is on, the phone should be charging and when the TV is off, the phone should stop charging.
Can I install this myself?
Yes, the iRMimic is a DIY (Do It Yourself) device. You only need to hook up a couple of simple wires and learn a few IR commands. You can use your existing remotes or one of many apps on your smart phone that send out infrared signals (if your existing remotes don't have discreet IR codes) to program the iRMimic. The unit will come with complete instructions and we will provide tech support for anyone that has difficulties setting up the unit.
The iRMimic up close
When your TV turns on, the iRMimic first checks to see if your cable or satellite box is on. If it’s not, it sends the IR command you programmed in button 2 (the iRMimic continues to check to make sure the cable or satellite box turns on). Then it sends the IR commands programmed in button 1 (On Commands: example – turn on your AV receiver, BluRay player, media device, etc.). Next, the iRMimic waits about 10 seconds and then sends the IR commands in button 3 (Delayed On Commands: example – change input on TV, set AV receiver settings, change channels on cable box, etc.). When the TV turns off, the iRMimic sends the IR commands programmed in button 4 (Off Commands: example – turn off AV receiver, BluRay player, etc.).
Programming the iRMimic:
Programming is very simple. Press and hold the red program button. Then momentarily press the button that you would like to program. The red program LED will light up. Release the program button. Now, hold the remote about 1” away from the IR receiver and send the first command. The program LED will turn off and then back on again, indicating that it received the IR command. Wait for the LED to turn back on before sending the next command. When you are finished sending commands, press and release the red program button.
Where we are now:
Our prototypes are fully functioning and we are currently finalizing the hardware. The funds we receive will be used to buy the components in quantity to reduce pricing.
Risks and challenges
Although we don't see any major issues launching this product into the market, unexpected obstacles may arise, but rest assured we will overcome any of the challenges that we face. In the twenty-five years that I've been working in the industry my customers have always come first and I have always delivered on my promises.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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