How to Automate Repetitive Tasks Using Your Phone’s IR Blaster

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Infrared (IR) is the most popular type of connectivity used for the remote controls of appliances like TVs, music systems, air conditioners, and so on. IR also isn’t new to phones — in the pre-Bluetooth days, it was used for transferring lightweight content like contacts from one phone to another. But if you ask for a phone with IR connectivity today, it’ll be there for a different reason altogether. Many popular Android phones from HTC, Samsung, Xiaomi, Lenovo, and more have an IR Blaster. It mimics the IR codes of traditional remotes to control multiple appliances from the smartphone directly — just…

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