Hoping I can get a bit of help.
One of the kits I bought is the Pirate Radio kit with the intention of building my 2.5 year old son a bedtime audio book device.
I work as a software developer so am confident of my coding chops but I know next to nothing about hardware. One of the ideas I’ve got for modifying the Pirate Radio kit is connecting an IR receiver to the Zero W along with the PhatBeat and using a little remote I have lying around to give the radio some extended functionality - current thoughts are:
- Mode switching via remote so I can switch it between being an AirPlay speaker, an internet radio and an AudioBook player.
- Adding a button via the remote to give it a timed fade out so it gradually gets quieter.
- More general commands like play/pause/fast-forward via remote.
So my core question is this:
Given I know next to nothing about hardware - does anyone have any idea how (or even IF) I could attach an IR Receiver to the Zero W whilst the PhatBeat hat is attached? i.e. given the PhatBeat will cover all the GPIO pins could I just solder the IR receiver onto the correct GPIO pins underneath the board or is that going to cause me issues?
If the IR receiver is a no go I could probably write a little iOS app to allow control via the Bluetooth module but I kind of want to get the remote working :)
Thanks for the help - if I get this working I’ll open source the code! :)