I am thinking of building a keyboard/mouse less Media Center to hide behind my TV.
Instead of attaching a usb mouse + keyboard (seperately or a cableless bluetooth combo) and occupying a usb port, I want to build an IR receiver (possibly using TSOP1738) to be connected directly on Rpi using some of the available IO ports.
I want to have a big remote with alphanumerics labels on the keys (I have this one http://linuxtv.org/wiki/images.....remote.jpg
) that can be used both as a keyboard (mobile style typing) and a mouse.
My hope is to have the 0-9 digits act either as numbers or letters (using a toggle key) the direction buttons moving the mouse and clicking and the other keys used as shortcuts to applications or actions.
I have built an IR receiver before for windows (the one here http://lnx.manoweb.com/lirc/?p.....troduction
I have been using a program called IRassistant that I made to work exactly as I said above.
The problem now is how to port this idea to linux/Rpi. (I am kinda new to Linux).
What do you think of this idea? Anyone willing to help?
PS. I could even reuse my TV's remote using some unassigned keys to switch to another -PC control- mode. This could be done utilizing the TV/radio/DVD key that changes the keys' assignment. Given eg that no DVD is connected (that can be control by the same remote), when I want to control my Rpi I can switch the remote to DVD and use it to control my Rpi.
PS. What would be best to interface to: GPIO, I2C or SPI? I found this link: http://linuxtv.org/wiki/index......ollers-V4L