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FunFact No.1 - Infrared iPhones

Welcome to FunFact, a new idea for Hackerspace. They could be anything, they might not even be true (they will be). They could appear any time any place (they'll be here, on Hackerspace). They could... well I don't know, but here goes.

Infrared iPhones

No the iPhone still doesn't have an IR 'blaster' that you can use to control your TV. However you can use your iPhone's FaceTime (front facing) camera to troubleshoot problems with your remote control. If you don't think your remote's 'firing' correctly then you can use this simple trick to find out...


Human eyes can't see the infrared light produced by remote controls. However your iPhone can. If you have an iPhone 4 or newer then your front facing 'FaceTime' camera can see IR light, if you're still rocking an 3GS or older then you can use your rear facing camera. If you have another smartphone, give it a try. I can't guarantee that it'll work with individual models, but it's worth a shot.

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