Infrared on the M5StickC+ and UIFlow, is it me or?

  • Hi all,

    I am generally coding with VSCode / PIO in C but with a M5StickC+ hanging around I wanted to develop an idea with a small battery powered device to replace some of my tools
    The idea is to run multiple programs on the stickc to do various things like measuring distance, send IR codes, identify IR from any remote control etc...
    In fact I have already built a small project with an arduino and an IR receiver (KY-022 module) few years ago able to recognise a big amount of IR standards (NEC, SAMSUNG, etc...) and their HEX/DEC code using an easy library found on the is working like a charm and I have been able to recognise the standard use for all the remote controls I have tested so far.

    Well long story short I'd like to replace it because it is bulky, 9V battery powered, using old fashion LCD display etc...
    This was the opportunity for me to start looking at UIFlow.

    I could get ready quite fast and I guess I understand now most of the features.
    However I have been VERY VERY disappointed by the limited (to say the least) features....
    I know the Stickc+ only has a Tx IR, not Rx but still, this is a joke, only limited to NEC standard and that's it? or I am missing something.

    Anyway I purchased the IR Remote module from M5Stack and same joke, on the IR Rx you can only acknowledge a signal has been received...and it is not working with any remote I have tried (not a range issue, I was 10cm from the module) possibility to change from NEC either....
    This module is totally least with the default UIFlow

    Now I am trying to come back to my trusty KY-022 plugged on StickC+ GPIO but I need external libraries.

    I understand you can load external files on the stickc+ memory and load them with Execute module.
    Then I guess I should create some Custom blocks to include the code from the lib and extend the IR functionalities?

    Do you think this is the right way to do it in UIFlow, does someone have any experience with external micropython IR libraries in UIFLow?

    Thanks a lot!