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Using a digital video cam or webcam to detect IR remote

I found an odd hack suggested by Apple in their support site. Their infrared remote control (included with new Macs) doesn't have an LED indicator when you press the buttons, so it's hard to tell if the battery is dead.

They suggest pointing it at an iSight webcam or other CCD-enabled video camera (or even a digital still cam in video mode) and pressing the buttons. The camera can sense the IR signal and it shows up on screen, even though it's invisible to the human eye.

Explanation and photo of the effect here:

Troubleshoot your Apple Remote battery

Derek K. Miller
Thu, 2 Mar 2006 13:17:26 -0800

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