Like any good DIY-loving hoarder, I’ve got a few remote controls lying around in my drawer that I always neglect to throw away when I tidy things up. This made me think about building an IR receiver module. The IR signals from remotes are pulse waves after all, which could be used for modulation of stuff in the rack or even as oscillators. Maybe one would have to do some frequency division if the pulses are above audio range, but that shouldn’t be a problem with the usual divider/counter ICs.
Unfortunately, I somehow smoked my one IR receiver component just now, which I had collecting dust in my drawer for a few years, so I need to order new ones. In the meantime, I wanted to ask if anybody else of you had an idea like this and could weigh in with some experience if this is a feasible or useful endeavor.