ANAVI Technology
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ANAVI Infrared pHAT

Transform your Raspberry Pi into a smart remote control.

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ANAVI Infrared pHAT is an open source hardware add-on board that converts your Raspberry Pi into a smart remote control that can bring your old consumer electronic devices, like air conditioning, TV, set top boxes and Hi-Fi systems to the Internet of Things (IoT) era.

Getting started is easy. No soldering is required. Just attach ANAVI Infrared pHAT to a Raspberry Pi with your bare hands and follow the exact steps from the comprehensive user’s manual. Furthermore, for interactivity and programmability, ANAVI Infrared pHAT supports sensor modules for temperature, humidity, barometric pressure, and light. Free and open source examples of applications written in Python and the C programming language are available at GitHub.

In May 2017, the first version of ANAVI Infrared pHAT was successfully crowdfunded and all orders were shipped ahead of schedule. All additional boards were quickly sold out. Due to the high demand, we need your help again to make another batch. Together we can reduce the manufacturing costs and cut the end product price. Every contribution has an impact and makes a difference. Please help us make more open source hardware boards for you!

Who Needs It and Why?

ANAVI Infrared pHAT is easy to use. It is appropriate for developers, makers, engineers, hobbyists, students and anyone else interested in Internet of Things (IoT) and low cost, do it yourself (DIY) home automation.

ANAVI Infrared pHAT is useful to any Raspberry Pi owner interested in:

Features & Specifications


ANAVI Infrared pHAT works with Raspberry Pi 3, Raspberry Pi 2, Raspberry Pi A+, Raspberry Pi B+, Raspberry Pi 0, and Raspberry Pi 0 W.

ANAVI Infrared pHAT officially supports the following I2C modules with:

You may also attach any other I2C sensors, but you will have to take care of their software integration.

What’s New?

The first batch of ANAVI Infrared pHAT boards was successfully crowdfunded in May 2017. All orders were fulfilled two months ahead of schedule and all other boards were quickly sold out. Due to the high demand, we need your help to make another batch of boards and to keep the price as low as possible. In addition, ANAVI Infrared pHAT now comes with even better documentation, updated software support for Raspbian Stretch, and more example applications.

What Comes In A Kit?

The following pledge/kits are available:

ANAVI Infrared pHATStarter KitAdvanced KitDeveloper KitCombo KitFamily Kit
ANAVI Infrared pHATYes Yes Yes Yes Yes (x2) Yes (x4)
Temperature and Humidity Sensor (HTU21D)No Yes Yes Yes Yes (x2) Yes (x4)
Barometric Pressure Sensor (BMP180)No No Yes Yes Yes (x2) Yes (x4)
Light Sensor (BH1750)No No Yes Yes Yes (x2) Yes (x4)
Mini Remote ControlNo No No Yes No Yes
USB to Serial Debug CableNo No No Yes No Yes

ANAVI Infrared pHAT is included in all pledges. Raspberry Pi is NOT* included in any of the pledges.*

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How should I get started?

Please find below useful resources for getting started with ANAVI Infrared pHAT:

Can I control my TV and hifi?

Yes, with ANAVI Infrared pHAT and the open source software LIRC, you can scan the remote control of your TV and/or hifi and after to control the device through your Raspberry Pi.

Can I control my air conditioning?

Yes, although air conditioning remote controls are much more sophisticated you can still scan them and control the air conditioning with ANAVI Infrared pHAT. The user’s manual features an example of how to configure LIRC to turn on and off an air conditioner.

Can I remotely control ANAVI Infrared pHAT from a web browser on my smartphone, tablet, or laptop?

Yes, you may install popular open source software for home automation on your Raspberry Pi such as Home Assistant or OpenHAB 2 and integrate ANAVI Infrared pHAT.

Is ANAVI Infrared pHAT an open source project?

Yes, ANAVI Infrared pHAT is an open source hardware project powered and created with free and open source software.

The board is designed with the free and open source electronics design automation suite KiCAD. The schematics and the PCB design are available at GitHub under CC BY-SA 3.0 US license.

Open source sample applications written in Python and the C programming language are also provided. Using LIRC, the popular free and open source software for Linux, you may scan IR remote controls and control home appliances such as TV, HiFi, air conditioning, etc. Have a look at the comprehensive user’s manual to learn more.

How can I get involved and help?

Buy any of the available perks, get your hands on ANAVI Infrared pHAT, contribute to our Git repositories and become part of our open source community!

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Manufacturing Plan

Leon Anavi created ANAVI Infrared pHAT as a hobby project in his spare time. The boards are designed, manufactured, assembled and tested in his hometown Plovdiv, Bulgaria, EU.

To ensure consistently high quality, ANAVI Infrared pHAT has a green solder mask and a gold surface finish. All PCBs for ANAVI Infrared pHAT will be manufactured at once in a local factory in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. After that, the resistors, transistors, and capacitors will be assembled on the PCBs using surface-mount technology (SMT). The next and most time consuming step is the through-hole technology (THT) for hand-soldering of components. Finally, all boards and sensor modules will be carefully tested, packaged and shipped.

Shipping & Fulfillment

This crowdfunding campaign offers ANAVI Infrared pHAT with free worldwide shipping via the registered airmail service of the Bulgarian Posts. Your pledge will be packaged in an individual cardboard box and padded envelope for extra safety during shipping. A tracking number will be provided as soon as the order has been shipped.

Risks & Challenges

ANAVI Infrared pHAT is a stable, open source hardware product. All orders from the previous crowdfundting campaign were shipped ahead of schedule. Although this significantly reduces any risks, still mass production depends on factories and suppliers. Availability of parts can always be an issue. In order to provide ANAVI Infrared pHAT at the best price we are working with the reliable suppliers and a trusted local factory. All estimated shipping dates have been carefully planed to reduce any risks.

Thanks to good planning all orders from the previous ANAVI Infrared pHAT crowdfunding campaign were completed two months ahead of schedule. We are confident that we can again arrange successful mass production on time. However, any delays will be communicated with backers promptly through regular updates.

In the Press

CNX Software

"Leon has now made a simpler, smaller, and cheaper add-on board for Raspberry Pi Zero, and other Raspberry Pi boards..."



"That’s all you need to control infrared doohickies over the Internet"

Hackster News

"The HAT supports temperature, humidity, barometric pressure and light sensors, and is compatible with all members of the Raspberry Pi family"


"voici le kit idéal pour contrôler ses appareils domestiques (TV, Hi‐Fi, clim, etc.) et les rendre un peu plus « smarts », tout en restant libre."

Geeky Gadgets

"an easy and open source way to enable infrared projects using the Raspberry Pi."

Raspberry PiPod

"2x 5mm IR transmitters (IR LEDs), IR receiver (IR photo sensor), Slots for up to 3 plug and play sensors, UART pins for debugging...and comes fully assembled."

The MagPi Magazine

"The purpose is for people to get inspired – pick up a soldering iron and start prototyping."

"The Anavi Infrared pHAT is designed for creating IR-controller IoT devices, or retrofitting existing consumer electronic equipment or appliances such as air conditioners to be controlled with a standard TV remote control."

Open Electronics

"The Anavi Infrared pHAT is open source in both hardware and software, and is available with schematics and PCB design files." logo


"The rise of the open source hardware movement and the availability of free and open source software allows us to bring new life into our retro electronic devices."

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ANAVI Infrared pHAT

The open source add-on board that converts your Raspberry Pi to a smart remote control. Includes one ANAVI Infrared pHAT (1).

$19 $8 US Shipping / $18 Worldwide

Advanced Kit

ANAVI Infrared pHAT and all sensors needed to do an awesome home automation. Includes sensors for temperature & humidity (1), barometric pressure (1), and light (1).

$37 $8 US Shipping / $18 Worldwide

Developer Kit

Anything that a developer needs to master infrared on a Raspberry Pi. Includes sensors for temperature & humidity (1), barometric pressure (1), and light (1). Also comes with mini remote control and USB to serial debug cable.

$47 $8 US Shipping / $18 Worldwide

Starter Kit

The perfect kit for scanning remote controls and controlling the air conditioning. Includes one ANAVI Infrared pHAT (1) and temperature & humidity sensor (1).

$27 $8 US Shipping / $18 Worldwide

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