A few of the new Android phones now come with an internal IR blaster. This means that you can easily turn these phones into a universal remote replacing almost all other remotes currently cluttering up your home. The best app I’ve come across is the Smart IR Remote – Samsung/HTC by Color Tiger.
The Smart IR app has an impressive database of devices and even has a Canon DSLR remote as an option. However all of the Canon options only have a single shutter release button. This is great when you want to trigger the camera while reducing vibration but does not bode well for group shots that your in.
Anyone that has purchased the $7 Opteka RC4 (a great alternative if your phone does not support IR) knows that many Canons DSLRs support a remote 2 second timer. Here’s how to add this feature to the Smart IR app as well as any other app or universal remote that supports inputting HEX codes.
- After you have added the Canon DSLR remote in the Smart IR App press the gear icon and choose edit.
- Select an unused button position and choose “Local Commands”
- Next Choose “My Learned Functions”
- Then “Add Function”
- Type a name for the function such as “2S”
- In the box below enter the following complete with spaces.
0000 007E 0002 0000 0010 00AF 0010 00AF
That’s it. You can now choose that function and add it to the remote. You can also program a widget directly to the function.
This was tested on the HTC One using a Canon t3i. It should be compatible with many other models. Let me know if you have success and what hardware you are using.