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Need to receive IR signal with iPhone 5

Apr 18, 2016
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Hello everyone. I need to be able to receive an IR signal with my iphone 5 but I'm having trouble figuring out what product to buy because they're all advertised as transmitters (for making your phone a universal remote). Does anyone know if any of these devices can also receive IR signals? And if so, can they only be used with the app they're designed to work with (the one that gives you the UI for the remote) or can I beam whatever I want to my phone once the receiver is on?

If it helps I'll explain exactly what I'm trying to do: I have an Alphasmart Neo2, a typing device which is basically a keyboard that logs all of my keystrokes and then dumps them into a word processor (or email, or anything that has a cursor really) when I plug it in and tell it to. This alphasmart is also capable of sending an IR signal, and I want to see if it's possible to open up a text app on my iphone 5 and have the alphasmart send the keystrokes via IR.

Thank you for any assistance!

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