Infrared Control Freak - 360 (IRCF360)

New! - a sneak preview from within our development lab

Please note that we are still in the process of getting the sensor boards into production which will taking more time than expected due to CE markings and regulations, etc.Cost are expected to be approx €50 per kit + shipping.

It's a 360 degree multifunctional programmable sensor that has a bundle of cool features for sensing for your Maker, Robot and Kinetic art type projects -  including:

  • 360 degree proximity sensing for robot or maker projects using Arduino or similar
  • ambient light sensing 
  • Sony SIRC remote control transmit and receive 
  • Interface via serial to microcontrollers
  • 3D / 360 degree HID sensor
                         

The product is planned to be launched soon - after we have done some more testing!  Detailed pre-release documentation can be found under the following heading:

Register your interest here

If you would like us to keep you informed on the product launch or would like to purchase a pre-production version just fill in the registration form -> here

Features & Benefits

See the benefits of this 360 degree sensor compared to other solutions -> see details

Arduino 'Maker' projects 

The sensor is designed to fit onto micro robots or autonomous quads  or can be used for any project where 360 degrees or 3D  proximity sensing is required. Such as building a touchless Midi Music instrument, 3D Mouse or Joystick for gaming and kinetic art, The sensor is ideal for building robot swarms,robot gaming and robot sumo competitions.

The sensor is also packed with 2 x ambient light sensors (for light tracking experiments or line following), "feelers" and IR remote control functionality so it can can  receive and transmit Sony SIRC IR control signals for basic inter-robot or project commuications. This also allows you to take remote control of your robot (or any other device) using a TV controller (must be Sony SIRC compatible) and for inter-robot communication during gaming. See more details here

UAV / Quadcopter Proof of Concept

We've recently started a new PoC to review interfaces to FrSky  flight controllers and receivers for development of UAV autonomous flight control and telemetry feedback. 

See the progress here ->

360 degree / 3D touchless HID sensor

Plug the sensor into your Arduino, Teensy, PICAXE, Basic Stamp or other microcontroller project using RS232 interface, to add a 360 degree proximity sensing functionality including , ambient light sensing and IR remote controller to your projects.  Experiment  with 3D graphic control, control of servos, gaming and experimentation of kinetic art,  etc.

We are playing with various interfaces to the IRCF 360 sensor to convert it into a 360 degree / 3D HID type of mouse ! (see videos). We are taking this  further for gesture sensing applications - but there is still some way to go. Any of you budding mathematicians and are good at this stuff, please contact us

We have opened up this project on various forums for support (e.g. processing.org) read more 

PC HID device | 360 degree / 3D Control -  Gaming,  Kinetic Art  -

Plug the IRCF360 sensor into a Teensy2  to enable 3D mouse, joystick, keyboard interface to your Arduino projects. The Teensy2 can be configured as a USB device such as mouse, Joystick, keyboard which allows the sensor to control your PC or Mac ....adding new dimensions to your projects.

So how does this work?...By moving your hand over the sensor the direction and distance of your hand / fingers are sensed and translated into values within the Teensy2..... 

Develop your own Arduino Sketch or Processing.org sketches

We are using Processing.org , Arduino, Teensy as a development platform as it's real easy to develop cool java graphics programs and Processing GUI  is free and really a great way to learn about programming and interfacing.

Gaming control

Keyboard emulation interface

Sensing directions are translated into keyboard keys. This is programmed into the Teensyduinon - sketch  using the usb keyboard commands: 

Keyboard.set_modifier(0);
Keyboard.set_key1(KEY_W); 
Keyboard.send_now();

e.g. configurate of the keys WASD to control online or Massive Multiple online (MMO) games - spaceship  speed control is achieved by mapping mouse or keyboard keys to the distance readings from sensor.

Mouse emulation interface 

Sensing directions are translated to mouse directions. This is programmed into the Teensyduinon - sketch using the Mouse.move (x, y) USB mouse command ;  e.g. configurate of the keys WASD to control online or Massive Multiple online (MMO) games - engine / speed control is achieved by mapping mouse or keyboard keys to the distance readings from sensor.

Joystick  emulation interface

Sensing directions are translated to Joystick directions or commands. This is programmed into the Teensyduinon - sketch using USB Joystick command  to add Z directional control to your project too. 

The  joystick usb interface  has 
  • 32: Buttons
  • 6: Axis (X, Y, Z, Rotate Z, Left Slider, Right Slider)
  • 1: Hat Switch
Joystick.X(value); 

// "value" is from 0 to 1023 Joystick.Y(value); 
// 512 is resting position Joystick.Z(value); 
Joystick.Zrotate(value); 
Joystick.sliderLeft(value);
Joystick.sliderRight(value);

Adding 3D Control to your Java and Processing Sketches

We've opened up an open source project on various forums for support to develop your own Arduino, Teensyuino or processing sketches. 

It's easy to develop cool java scripting based graphics programs using the FREE development environment from processing.org and Arduino. Processing is free and opensource and really a great way to learn about programming and interfacing.



Using  Arduino or MAX232 serial interface to a PC the sensor can control your java and processing sketches. Examples are:   

Start writing your own Arduino or Processing.org sketeches to interface with the IRCF360 to visualise the results. The example below is the multi-blob tracking demo, where the two large blobs are tracking the closest and 2nd closest object. The brown 'spider-web' is a representation of all other directions. For more advanced Java programs & sketches the pattern could be used to interpret different hand gestures to add more advanced controls.