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My dear old mum has dementia. With a little help, she's still
capable of looking after herself and wants to stay in her own
home. One notable exception is the use of electronic devices
which are something she has always struggled with. What I'd
like to be able to do is operate her TV and DVD
remotely from 300 miles away.
The Internet IR Remote would sit across the room from the TV
with a camera pointed at it (so I can see what's going on).
While on the phone my mum (she's still able to use that), I
could operate the TV and DVD player and tell her when to put
the disc in. That way, she could still enjoy a film in the
evening without scheduling home help to start the DVD
(This is a bit of a short term solution as I think most home
electonic devices will become IP addressable over the next
decade, allowing me to controll them directly through a
USB IR Transceiver
[piluso, Jul 14 2016]
[piluso, Jul 14 2016]
||Sorry to hear about you ma - it's a bad thing. Hope
her decline is slow and gentle, and best of luck to
||// the use of electronic devices which are something she has always struggled with. //
||We recommend to you our previous proposal for systematic culling of the technically inept, irrespective of age, gender or ethnicity. It's so much kinder in the long run.
||In the absence of an enlightened programme of public euthanasia, IR emitters are available which plug into the 3.5mm jack socket of mobile phones, allowing multiple devices to be controlled from an app. So the hardware exists ... just a question of tinkering together a bit of code.
||Id suggest separating the camera return feed from
the IR blaster signal side. You yourself can constitute
the loop. If there were a little Raspberry Pi and IR
blaster (theyre available as 8th says, as little plug-in
dongles that may have a sticky back arrangement, so
that they can be fitted over/under and around an
appliance, so that it faces the IR receiver area almost
directly (fit it so that it is moved a bit to one side to
avoid blocking the IR reception completely from a
real remote control). The Raspberry Pi could be
controlled over IP, but it would have no idea what the
current status of the appliances are. You would,
however, if you simply looked at the image from an
off-the-shelf webcam or security cam or offspring
behaviour alerting cam arrangement, also over IP.
||This is actually brilliant, I have a similar situation
with my aunt and something like this would be very
||There are some options already available for the IR part, see link. You can connect one of these and a rotation capable camera to a PC, and control eveything via remote desktop,VNC or similar.
||It would be neat if video call software such as skype transmitted IR along with visible light. Just point the remote at your webcam, and the signal is repeated at the other end... IR webcams would be easy enough, but adding IR pixels to an LCD display would probably be an issue. It would also need to work a lot faster than 30fps for the signal not to get butchered.
||Have an IRDA carrier embedded in the Skype datastream ?
||A conventional digital camera will see IR no problem.
I often use my phone camera to see if a remote
control batteries are flat or not by pointing it at the
camera, if I see it flashing, its working. The problem
is the output you wont generally find an RGB LCD
screen that can make any impact in the IR range. On
the other hand, it doesnt need to be a spatially
in infrared, it just needs to be a temporally
source made of
it. There are outdoor door-cams that have IR lighting.
||Hmm, yes. There are wifi enabled CCTV cameras with night vision / an IR torch. Presumably the IR light is switched off during daylight to save power, so it's probably controllable. If so, a firmware patch could let you build this invention from a single piece of existing hardware.
||I think Ian's suggestion of a Raspberry Pi might be the
answer. It's got enough IO capability that it could run
an IR LED and should be possible to code it to be a
remote control. It even has a camera module. I'd also
need to rig it to receive IR too so that it can learn
remotes, but this is dangerously do-able.
||piluso's suggestion could also work if I buy a teeny
||Old otherwise useless netbook?
||Hi my long lost friend, [st3f], I hope you are well. I am so
sorry to hear about your ma. I work as an Activity Director
at an Alzheimer's Center. I know the deep and prolonged
pain a family suffers, with a parent with dementia, all too
well. May I offer my deepest and kindest compassion.
||If you ever want to talk, please feel free to reach out to
me. I have valuable suggestions for just about everything,
except for the quandary you seem to find yourself in. Not
being very tech savvy, I'm assuming your invention is
brilliant because [theircompetitor] said it was. So a huge
and heartfelt bun, and a wee heart to go with it.
||@blissmiss: Thanks, that's really sweet. She's doing
remarkably well. Still in her own home (with
assistance). Still walks daily, plays table tennis and
keeps her house spotless. Phone conversations have
taken on the aspect of the riddle of the Sphinx,
though, as nouns are sorely lacking. I'm still trying to
figure out "Mine is white and you have two, do you
||Thinking on the idea, it could be cool to have a
telepresence robot, part local intelligence, part
remote control that could keep an eye on her, and
answer simple questions such as "Where are my
glasses/keys/purse?" as well as having an inbuilt
universal remote. I'd post it but it strays awfully close
to 'that thing in Robot and Frank'.
||Such systems are already under development in Japan, which has a rapidly growing proportion of elderly citizens.
||//a rapidly growing proportion of elderly citizens//
||That's strange; I thought most people got scrawnier
as they aged.
||No, it's like Kobe beef ... they keep them in sheds and stuff them with rich food.