For those with a recent Apple computer that has infra-red remote control, you can now start to automate remote commands using this simple and effective DIY Apple remote shield. This would be a great way to automate turning on the computer, and starting music playback - or for a prank that involves "taking over" someones computer in the office. The hardware is simple and comprises of five buttons and some IR LEDs:
Although this could be constructed easily using an Arduino-compatible board and regular protoshield - if you wanted a smaller version, this could be done with some tight circuitry using our Freetronics LeoStick:
and matching ProtoStick:
To get started with your own Apple Remote shield, the instructions and code can be found here.