This circuit will allow you to turn on any piece of equipment that operates on 115 volts ac. The receiver circuit is based on the Radio Shack infrared receiver module (MOD), part number 276-137.
Sometimes you want a simple solution to a problem and you don’t mind if your main controller has to do the work. This IRPD requires the main robot processor to choose which side to look at, and requires it to “debounce” the results for reliably operation. But, it still works really well without any complex program code.