TV-B-On the box

The thing you need when your TV remote power button fails.

A while back the power button on my remote started to fail. It’s become harder to get it to send the IR code to turn on the TV. The contact is likely dirty but didn’t want to risk destroying the remote by the extreme violence it that would be required to get the shell open. Frustrated, I threw together a quick and dirty solution using one of my Atmega328P Target boards, a AA battery pack, an IR LED, a transistor, a push button, an AMS sample box I had laying around, and the requisite wiring and rubber band to hold it all together. A bit on the crude side, but it works! I’m planning to make a more-refined version.

The current version (the Attiny85 one is a bit more refined than my original, crude thrown together version. It’s designed to send the IR code on power on/reset and then go in a very low power sleep mode until the reset push button switch is pressed again. An on-board push button switch or an external push button switch wired to the J3 pin header can be used. I added jumper J2 to allow the IR LED to be disconnected when uploading code to the Attiny85 to eliminate the risk of damaging the IR LED from being driven at too-high a duty cycle (it’s perhaps a bit overkill. I also added an indicator LED to show when it’s transmitting (surprisingly useful for debuting.) I chose a red LED for the indicator due to the relatively low forward voltage it needs.

On the parts list there are some different values listed vs what’s shown on the KiCad schematic. This was due to me making some value adjustments after doing the schematic, and thus the values listed on the parts list are current. NOTE: The R2 and R4 values are based on the board being powered by 2xAA batteries. If you plan to use a higher voltage, the values may need to be increased.”

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