On Tue, 2008-10-14 at 17:09 -0400, Jarod Wilson wrote:
> On Tue, 2008-10-14 at 13:26 -0700, Ben Norling wrote:
> > I am an audio video systems integrator. In my profession, we are now
> > seeing very powerful control processors. They tie all your
> > a/v/automation systems together via IR/Serial/Relay connections. They
> > are also very expensive and have limited programming capabilities.
> > It seems to me that an embedded linux installation on an SBC or a
> > Gumstix processor could be made more cheaply and much more powerful
> > than these systems. Is there such a project? Is anyone interested in
> > doing such a project?
> Sounds somewhat similar to what the CommandIR II is able to do, though
> perhaps you're talking a larger scale, and/or having the embedded linux
> device talking to the transceiver. So perhaps you'd be talking an
> embedded system w/the CommandIR hardware built into it, or something
> along those lines...
I'm waiting for someone to release the equivalent of those control
processors as software that could work with our CommandIR (or other
HTPC based automation has been a side-project of mine for sometime, and
our LIRC Config* has some capability to script macros and create a
single remote 'task based' interface, but it's not as easy to setup as
Harmony remotes (albeit more fun for techies). LIRC Config 3 with more
automation features is unfortunately sitting unfinished and idle on an
internal dev server at the moment.
I'm certainly interested in integration software that replaces expensive
equipment. Linux/LIRC can certainly do it (I've demo'd it at tradeshows)
but it's currently quite difficult to initially setup/configure. The
result (1 remote, with custom/integrated on-screen menu, like with
MythTV) is certainly worth it.
I did a mini HOWTO this summer to demo the new CommandIR II, but the
concept isn't specific to our hardware: