Create a "no-fly" zone for IR-controlled helicopters

Date Posted:19 July 2012 

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Although the new remote-controlled helicopters may be amusing and fun, Mike Kohn decided to decode the infrared signals used for control - in order to create a "no fly" zone in his office. So using a TI MSP430 he has created a device which blasts out infra-red signals that render the helicopter completely useless. For example:

So if you're suffering at work from those people who keep busy doing nothing but play with toys, this is the project for you. The circuitry is quite simple and Mike has published the schematic and downloads at the project page here. And for more news, updates and items of interest.please follow us on twitter, Facebook and Google+.

For those interesting in working with the TI MSP430-series of microcontrollers, we have the TI MSP430 Launchpad Kit:

... whichincludes a development board, 2 programmable MSP430 microcontrollers, mini-USB cable, PCB connectors for expandability, external crystal for increased clock accuracy, and unrestricted software integrated development environments (IDEs) – everything you need to get started today.