IRduino: Arduino-compatible USB IR Receiver

An open source, programmable, Arduino-compatible USB infrared receiver that gives new life to old remote controls.

IRduino is a peripheral device that allows almost any IR signal to be translated into commands. It works on many platforms, including PC, Mac, Raspberry Pi, and even some cell phones. The infrared device can be anything from an old TV remote, to an IR mouse or keyboard.

Giving Old Technology New Life

Decades of consumer electronics have relied on infrared remote controls. The result is piles of disused IR remotes collecting dust in closets and storage bins around the world. Our goal is to give you the power to put some of those idle remotes back to work in creative and productive ways. Enter the IRduino.

What is IRduino?

IRduino is made up of an ATmega32u4 Microcontroller (MCU) and an SMD (Surface Mounted Device) IR receiver component. The design is simplified even further by including the USB contacts directly on the board - and unlike many products on the market, the board is thick enough to sit snugly in your USB port. To keep the device humanized (and humorous), a little robot is screen-printed on the reverse side. Just like any good robot, it’s got two programmable LEDs for eyes.


Arduino-compatible IRduino comes with the Arduino Leonardo bootloader pre-installed on the board, which makes IRduino fully compatible with the Arduino IDE for programming.


IRduino is only 19mm x 35mm, which is smaller than most USB flash sticks.

Works with Most Remotes

We have designed a library that is compatible with about 95% of infrared remotes on the market, from air conditioning remotes, to TV remotes, to DVD remotes, to washing machine remotes.


  • Microcontroller: Atmega32u4
  • Operating Voltage: 5V
  • Flash Memory: 32KB of which 4KB used by bootloader
  • SRAM: 2.5KB
  • Clock Speed: 16MHz
  • Remote Distance: >5m
  • Remote Support: 95% of IR Remote on the market

What can you do with IRduino?

IRduino can be both practical and entertaining. It can serve as an interface to your single-board XBMC media center. You can use your remote for complete control of simple games, or to extend your capabilities for complex gaming. The device will let you use any normal remote as a special presentation device. Use IRduino as an easily accessible way to launch your favorite applications. Remotely shut down or reboot a computer with a push of a button.

How do I use IRduino?

We provide two methods to operate IRduino. One if you know some programming, and one if you don’t. For the user familiar with programming, IRduino will be very simple, because IRduino is really an Arduino with an IR receiver. IRduino comes preloaded with Arduino Leonardo. We provide an easy-to-use Arduino library, so setting up your IRduino is quick and simple. The library is open source, so we depend on your input for future development. The library can be found here.

But if you don’t know a thing about programming, we’ll be creating an interface just for you. It’ll be as easy as clicking the remote, and assigning a command.



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