3 main types of remote control and their applications

BySophia Windsor 2018-06-28 20023

Remote control, a widely used technology, brings great convenience for our daily life. With no need to touch the objects, we can easily control them simply via our voice, body or the invisible radio. Presently, there are 3 main types of remote control. Let’s find out what they are and their different applications.


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Remote control

Remote control is an accessory device used to operate the destination device wirelessly from a distance, such as a television set, DVD player, or other home appliance.  

remote control

Controlling robotic vacuum cleaner with remote control device is similar to other household appliances. Usually, you can even program your robotic vacuum cleaner using remote control device - when to clean, which area to clean etc.

Remote control is typically divided into three types, including infrared (IR) remote control, voice control and radio (RF) remote control.

Infrared remote control

Infrared remote control (IR remote control) uses light, and it requires line of sight to operate the destination device. For example, the remote control of television set, is just a type of infrared remote control. When operating it, you just need to make it aim to the direction of receiver. Infrared is also a kind of light with directionality.


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Infrared remote control has a rather lower cost, and is easy to encode with multi-function remote control.  

Infrared remote control

Voice control

The voice control is also referred to as ultrasonic remote control. The most common voice control is the street lights switch along the staircase corridor. This voice control is simple, sometimes do not even need a specialized remote control, maybe just need to stamp your feet, give a loud whistle, or simply speak louder.


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Voice control

Radio remote control

Radio remote control (RF remote control) is used to control distant objects using a variety of radio signals transmitted by the remote control device.

Radio remote control

As a complementary method to infrared remote controls, the radio remote control is used with electric garage door or gate openers, automatic barrier systems, burglar alarms and industrial automation systems.

The most common application is the radio remote control used in the burglar alarm of car and motorcycle. This kind of remote control costs higher, has a complex circuit, of course, with best performance. It has the farthest control distance and strong penetration capacity.


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