[WINDOWS] Build your own XBMC case LCD with Infrared receiver
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Because of the external interfaces that XBMC exposes (like the JSON-RPC API), it's easy to get at information like "What's playing now?" or "What menu am I navigating?".

Displaying this information on a character LCD is somewhat harder, requiring the use of a PIC or similar controller. While I'm using a PIC, I might as well add a infrared receiver to the circuit, to be able to use my Xbox remote to control XBMC.

This will be a high-level overview of how to do it/how I did it.

Firstly, I want it to connect via USB (serial is dead). Which brought me to Simon Inn's site here.

I also want to program it using C#, so I'll be using destriktiv's JSON-RPC library.

That gave me the basic circuit layout, as well as the USB connection part with HID drivers :

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(this is on a 16x2 character display. Waiting for delivery of 20x4, blue backlight)

Next step... add the infrared hardware. The Xbox uses a 56Khz carrier frequency. Off to the shops!
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#2
Got a new 20x4 blue backlit LCD display... Incorporated it.

The hardest so far was decoding the IR protocol used by the remote control that I want to use, the XBOX 360 Universal Media Remote.

According to LIRC, it uses RC6, but it does not. It actually uses RC6B. And the end result :

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/5331026565/

Onto the XBMC interface...
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#3
Interesting. I'd thought about the possible applications of an LCD or VFD on the front of the box, so I'll be looking forward to seeing how you get on.
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#4
very interesting indeed...yes please keep us updated
WE ALL WE GOT
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#5
Display layouts so far...

Connected:

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Idle/Main menu:

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After having navigated to the Movies library (the name marquees between the < and >) :

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Now playing (name also marquees) :

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Volume change:

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