I recently put an old laptop in my room as an XBMC computer. However, whenever I wanted to switch the content that was playing, I would have to drag myself out of my warm bed to change the content on the computer. I searched far and wide for a glitch free way to control XBMC. One option would be using the web/app based controller for XBMC, but if there was a network error the network controller wouldn’t work. I found Adafruit’s IR Key remote system , but IR has to have a clear line of sight, and in my case that wouldn’t always be available. Then I found the Bluefruit EZ-Key. It’s a Bluetooth device that can be easily programmed to emulate keyboard presses.
Overall this project turned out great! The remote is very snappy and responsive, and solved my problem.
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