So, It was a task I wished to do 4 months back! and finally today I gotta do that. As usual I was busy out doing nothing. In this little tweak of mine I actually used VLC media player as you people also do, but I used it in a little different way. As I have already discussed about the automation using the pc motherboard so this time just make it a little deeper.
I have simply used a normal RF transmitter/reciever modules. Transmitter side is played via two DPDT switches powered by a normal 9V battery. Reciever side is nothing but the reciever interfaced to pc serial/parallel port. It actually doesn’t matter much. Its easy both way. I found paralled port more interesting than serial because serial is like old buddy for me. So just for a change.
Not like the normal automation which is done usually via serial or parallel ports, I thought of doing a little different so I started up with the communication between processes along with the automation. Here comes little more programming side. I *EXPECT* ‘ed
Hope most of you have already got what I used for it by now. Using the VLC media player
was the obvious option for such a thing because it is open source + it gives so many interfaces to play with. And yes, I was not in a mood to make my own media player just for this.
Working goes like this:
Two DPDT switches i.e. four different signals (at least) are used for four different functions of vlc media player i.e. Play, Pause, Next and Previous. A lot can be done though, but I just did to get it done simply. Signals are recieved at the reciever end and passed to PC where a program runs and analyses it and communicates with the already running VLC media player.
And here goes the real shot:
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