I’m looking for a way of bridging IR and SmartThings, but in the opposite way that the entire population of the internet seems to want to do it (if my Googling is anything to go by)
Everyone seems fairly happy that they can use ZWave to IR converters, that is they can use a Smart Hub of various types/makes to control their IR devices. Loads of those things exist.
I would like to be able to point my fancy Logitech Harmony One IR Remote (which doesn’t have any BT or wireless capabilities) at an IR listener somewhere near my TV cabinet, and buttons I press will trigger ST actions. Essentially it’ll be mapped as a button in ST so then I can use any SmartApps that understand what a button is.
The end result is that I’ll be able to press “Watch a movie” and not only will my Xbox fire up, my TV change to HDMI3 and my soundbar turn on and change to Digital Input, but my Hue lights will drop to 25% brightness in the living room and everywhere else in the house will go into darkness.
Any ideas? I’m half hoping the answer will involve a Arduino, ThingShield, some soldering and a bit of code but it would be pleasant if it was a product that I can just buy off Amazon.