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[-] runjun 151 points 8 months ago

Bring back the IR blaster. No one apparently misses it but me.

[-] brlemworld 21 points 8 months ago

I'd rather have an IR blaster than a headphone jack

[-] WhoRoger 45 points 8 months ago

You can have an IR blaster as an accessory for the headphone jack.

[-] [email protected] 19 points 8 months ago

Do you remember the moment in time people were making accessories which took up the headphone jack? Pepperidge farm remembers.

[-] [email protected] 5 points 8 months ago

I have a windmeter using the jack, and it still works

[-] [email protected] 9 points 8 months ago
[-] [email protected] 9 points 8 months ago

I have a Poco X3 Pro and I have both + an sd slot

[-] [email protected] 1 points 2 weeks ago

And a notification LED too.

[-] [email protected] 13 points 8 months ago

Some Xiaomi phones still have them

[-] [email protected] 4 points 8 months ago

Yeah. I have one, I don't really use it ever.

[-] [email protected] 8 points 8 months ago

Forgot that. Actually, the Redmi Note 12 that I'm typing this on actually has one! But in the US, yeah.

[-] [email protected] 7 points 8 months ago

I was not missing it for about a couple years but now I'm missing it again, it was just so damn good and like why can't our monitors and PCs get IR receiver then we would be about to use a remote to play/pause, control volume, and forward and rewind things on it (yes you can also use wifi based apps, but I don't want to set up an ad hoc network every time I need it or connect to an open WiFi)

P.S. I'm aware my idea isn't the best, but it's just the perfect mix of convenience and usability for me

[-] runjun 5 points 8 months ago

I was annoyed when they removed it but a lot of electronics did add apps for the electronics so it wasn’t a huge deal then. But between the poor performance and privacy issues of the apps, I really miss the IR blaster.

[-] [email protected] 2 points 8 months ago

Shouldn't it be possible to just use one of the cameras or even the light sensor as receiver and the screen as sender? At that point, you only need software support.

[-] [email protected] 1 points 8 months ago

well, maybe. Neither cameras nor screens are optimized for the infrared spectrum (in fact, cameras in particular filter it). So that might be possible but I wouldn't bet on it

[-] [email protected] 1 points 8 months ago* (last edited 8 months ago)

Might not be as reliable and will be less efficient in just trying to encode and decode messages in them without needing an epilepsy warning every time you use it.

Edit: unless you meant generating and reading IR through them, in which case it might not work at all

[-] [email protected] 6 points 8 months ago

I still have mine on my phone, one of many reasons I haven't "upgraded".

[-] mx_smith 2 points 8 months ago

Just get yourself a flipper

[-] [email protected] 2 points 8 months ago

Is that you FlossyCarter? 😂

[-] [email protected] 1 points 8 months ago

If you really want to control your TV from your phone, why not just use an app to control it over the local network that’s probably available if your TV has been released in the past 10 years or so? Doesn’t even have to be in line of sight for that.

[-] runjun 5 points 8 months ago

In my experience, the apps are extremely spotty. That’s besides privacy concerns.

[-] [email protected] 1 points 8 months ago

I just bought a USB C adapter two weekends ago. Lives on my keychain for when I'm somewhere with a TV that's a little too loud.

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