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My idea is to use Arduino to control the TV remote. Not make the Arduino become a TV remote, I want to make an Arduino that can touch button of a remote control.

Any ideas?

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  • A few more details? Physically touch the buttons? Electrically close them? Which remote? – Nick Gammon Jan 13 '17 at 4:55
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    Please read How do I ask a good question? - people are likely to vote to close this as too broad. Asking if anyone has "any ideas" is a rather broad question. Try to narrow it down to something more answerable. – Nick Gammon Jan 13 '17 at 5:10
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    Sending the signals directly will be a far better idea. – Chris Stratton Jan 13 '17 at 5:12
  • I agree with Chris, if you've got a (unconventional) design choice or limitation, you may want to expand on it and explain why. There may be other options which fit your limitations. In order to solve a problem, we'll first need to know what problem (and why). – Paul Jan 13 '17 at 6:56
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My rather fancy solution would be to make a 3 axis device with x and y controlled by stepper motors and z a simple solenoid to press the buttons. For extra marks you could add a camera and try to recognise the buttons in software so any remote would work. How do you plan to control the arduino? Perhaps with a remote controller?

  • Nice answer. Using a remote to control the Arduino that controls the remote certainly is an interesting idea. – Nick Gammon Jan 13 '17 at 6:36

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