Bill Bowden asked, "Why not use a standard infrared remote
control from a TV, DVD player or cable-TV box to control other things?"
So, Bill's Gadget Freak project does just that. His infrared (IR) receiver
decodes the signals from remote controls and uses the data to individually turn
on or off four circuits via an isolated relay circuit. Bill tested his circuit
with more than 25 types of remote controls. Let's just say, "Click on,
California State University, Chico was the first school in California to offer an ABET-accredited degree program in mechatronic engineering. Now its California Mechatronics Center works with industry on machinery, robotics, and surveillance vehicles.
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