Remote Built into My powerbook

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by oldschool, Mar 6, 2004.

  1. oldschool macrumors 65816

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    I'd love to have a remote control/infrared port built into the back of my powerbook, so when i'm being extremely lazy, and using the pb while watching Conan, I won't have to move my hand the 8 inches to the remote control to raise the volume, or switch to kimmel during the commercials.

    I could have maybe a Konfabulator Widget with a remote control graphic.
     
  2. abhishekit macrumors 65816

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  3. oldschool thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I want it so bad though.

    It would just be awesome.

    AWESOME!
     
  4. russed macrumors 68000

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    i have a programme called romeo that enables me to use my bluetooth mobile as a remote. it is quite cool. you can control DVD player, itunes etc

    http://irowan.com/arboreal
     
  5. encro macrumors 6502

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    It's already available and is called BlueTooth.

    Using Salling Clicker with a BlueTooth equipped mobile phone or Pslm Handheld you can control more than you have even thought of.

    OldSchool might be a suitable alias for your thinking also ;)

    P.S. If you really want a InfraRed solution there is iRed
     
  6. MoparShaha macrumors 68000

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    Dude, I totally agree. I always think of this when I'm chillin in bed with my PowerBook. It's such a pain to have to get the remote out, when I have this $2k "supercomputer" sitting in my lap, which should by all means be able to send a simple infared pulse.
     
  7. abhishekit macrumors 65816

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    hey encro..Thanks a lot man..after reading your comment I installed salling clicker, even bought..That really rocks man..Thanks once again..its funny, how we are not even aware of the amazing inventions already around us..
    cheers
     
  8. oldschool thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I know those things exist, but if you read my post you'll see that what i want is an infrared remote built into my laptop, so that I can use the LAPTOP as a remote for my TV.

    :D

    Edit: I see that iRed can send signals, but this was more of an idea of something being built in, as I know that there are infrared adaptors.
     
  9. Rower_CPU Moderator emeritus

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    The first rev of PowerBook G4s had one, but it was probably removed due to lack of demand.
     
  10. rdowns Suspended

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    I had a Performa with an infrared port. My damn Sony remote used to turn the unit on. First few times that happend, it scared the sh*t out of me. Eventually put a piece of tape over the IR eye on the Performa.
     
  11. MoparShaha macrumors 68000

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    Yeah, I used to go around my high school with my sony TV remote turning various Apple IR equiped machines on all the time. Ah, good times....:D
     
  12. encro macrumors 6502

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    Glad you like it abhishekit because it is awesome. I purchased it also :)

    Along side the Extra Scripts on the Salling Clicker site here are a couple of applescripts I have made for Salling Clicker which you may find interesting :)

    Application Quit (Replace iTunes with the app you wish to quit, you could even set it to quit the app you type in a field on your phone with a bit of extra time & skill):
    Code:
    global appName
    set appName to "iTunes"
    global quitRequestMessage
    set quitRequestMessage to "Really Quit " & appName & "?"
    global quitSuccessMessage
    set quitSuccessMessage to appName & " Quit Successfully"
    
    try
    	tell application "SEC Helper"
    		enter boolean popup mode question quitRequestMessage affirmative response "affirmative_boolean_popup_response"
    		show screen message quitRequestMessage duration 0
    	end tell
    on error
    	beep
    end try
    
    on affirmative_boolean_popup_response(flag)
    	if flag = 1 then
    		tell application appName
    			quit
    		end tell
    		tell application "SEC Helper"
    			show screen message quitSuccessMessage
    		end tell
    	else
    		tell application "SEC Helper"
    			hide screen
    		end tell
    	end if
    end affirmative_boolean_popup_response
    
    Exposé all applications:
    Code:
    tell application "SEC Helper" to simulate keyboard virtual keycode 101
    return
    
    Cheers
     
  13. abhishekit macrumors 65816

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    wow ..this is gettin better and better...:D thanks again..
    yesterday we had a party..i took my ibook..to show off salling clicker...and boy...did they like it or what...4 of them were ready to give me written statements that the next comp they buy would be a mac... :cool:
    cheers
     
  14. lewinb macrumors newbie

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    Powerboob TV Remote?

    I just joined this forum so that I could respond to this... So I am a newbie here (but not to macs).
    I don't mean to sound totally out of order, but would somebody PLEASE answer the original question?! The original question was if anyone knew of a way to use
    a powerbook
    AS
    a remote control
    for a TV/VCR/STEREO system,

    with the built-in IR port. If Clicker or iRed will do these things without requiring additional hardware, could someone please SAY SO?

    I, on the other hand, am investigating the possibility of installing Lirc (Unix - Learning Infrared Remote Control) and an open source remote GUI based in x11. Has anyone done this successfully?

    Sorry if I seem rude, but everyone has ignored the original question.

    cheers,
    lewinb
     
  15. oldschool thread starter macrumors 65816

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    you are right lewinb everybody has ignored my original idea.

    i think it would be great to have a remote built in. for example right now i'm watching tv and using the computer and i would like to be able to switch to letterman without getting up and getting the remote.
     
  16. m4rc macrumors 6502

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    Does your PowerBook have an infrared port? If so then it will be possible, if not, have a guess!
     
  17. mouchoir macrumors 6502a

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    Sorry, I can't resist but if you already have a 'remote' for your tv, then use it! That's what it's for. you want a remote because you're too lazy to use your remote.

    What are you gonna do when you're watching your tv and both your pb and you're remote are, gasp, not on your lap?
     
  18. oldschool thread starter macrumors 65816

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    come on...it was just an idea...something that i would love to have.


    and when the remote is out of reach i just watch whatever channel the tv is on. :D
     
  19. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    Damn, you're lazy! Why not just keep the remote beside your laptop, or have it sitting beside you?
     
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  21. mouchoir macrumors 6502a

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    Ok, maybe I was a bit harsh – it's always good to have ideas – i'm probably being affected by all the 'obesity' scares in the media at the moment! :p
     
  22. saabmp3 macrumors 6502a

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    The old powerbooks (500 G4 and earlier) had IR buuilt in and then they mysteriously took it out. I remember when it happened and don't think there was too much fuss about it at the time. I think controlling TVs/VCR/etc is basically the only thing that it's good for now with bluetooth anyways.

    BEN
     
  23. Mudbug Administrator emeritus

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    bearer of bad tidings...

    I hate to say this but Kimmel got pulled (if only for a night), so I'm afraid all of this was for nought... :D
     
  24. krimson macrumors 65816

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    i'd lke to be able to run a remote too.. i'd be great for messing around with the TV while people are watching..
    though you'd have to program the TV set into it like a Universal remote would.
     

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