Calling All IR Apps!

 

One of the most exciting features of the newly unveiled HTC One is its built in IR (Infrared) capabilities. Today HTCDev is excited to announce the addition of an IR API to the HTC OpenSense SDK.

This new partner API will be offered upon request to developers looking to leverage IR for potential apps on the new HTC One.

The first use for IR in the new HTC One is Sense TV. Part of Sense 5, Sense TV leverages the built in IR port on the device and allows you to control your TV and home entertainment center directly from phone. Additionally, Sense TV pulls together a TV guide based on the user’s geo-location during setup.

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So when you’re traveling, the TV guide is updated with local content on the phone and you can start browsing and watching programs. Right out of the box, your new phone has all the capabilities of a universal TV remote and more.

This new API allows your phone to “learn” the key codes from your remote or other IR-capable device and then control it. With the expanding use of IR, your apps could easily adapt to new hardware such as printers, DSLR cameras, real estate lock boxes and many more.

And now we’re looking for developers interested in integrating with this new API. Got an app that you think would be well suited for the IR API? Fill out this form and we’ll send you more information! Be sure to note you’re interested in the IR API specifically and if you have a current app that might be a good fit (or if you just have a great idea)!

In the meantime, stay tuned to HTCdev for more details about the API in the coming weeks and make sure you follow HTCDev on Twitter.

  • chrisch

    Kudos to HTCDev. I asked myself when the #HTCone was released if there will be a possibility to integrate the IR sensor in apps and there is the solution already. This makes the HTC OpenSense SDK once more outstanding :)

    • http://twitter.com/jetleigh Leigh

      Thanks Christian! Please send us your ideas for how you want to use the IR API :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=696112190 Ahmad Abdel-Aziz

    That’s great Leigh, thank you for the developers invitation shout out :)

  • http://htcmobilemalaysia.blogspot.com/ Steve Mark

    I am glad IR is not dead. Nowadays many are using bluetooth and wi-fi now to control remote devices. Although these 2 connectivity doesn’t not require point and shoot as well as large range, the setting up for every devices can be very tedious. We have to set device name and connect both sides for it to work. If a studio want to connect hundred of devices, it would become hell. IR solves this issue by not requiring setting up (or in much minimal way) and easy to determine which device to control.

  • mellowlife

    To get new API, I try submit request. But can not login at the next page(after submitted). Why…
    Do not mean in the same account as the DeveloperCenter?

    • http://twitter.com/jetleigh Leigh

      what is your username? are you sure your account is activated?

    • wangminhui

      I also encountered the same situation

  • Helbert Gascon

    @HTCDev would like to ask what’s the range of the IR emitter of the HTC One? I am considering making an app to trigger a car’s alarm system on and off. Also planning making one for RC Cars :D

  • Baybal

    Any hope for normal IrDA support ever coming to android?

  • Rensdd6

    My Palm Tungsten T3 gets oldfashioned now. But the Palm Universal Wireless Keyboard is still a fantastic device! Foldable, durable, nice stand and IR! If I could use it with the incredible HTC One with its IR port …