Pavel sent this to me a while ago, but I haven’t been keeping up.  You know those super expensive universal all in one programmable remotes?   Well he put together one all on his own, the great part is that he can can keep adding to it or tie it into other systems to work.  On his post below he shows how to take a simple IR LED and a Micro Framework board and create his own multisystem IR remote.  But once you do that, you’ve got the basis for LOTS of other stuff – add an RF transceiver and you’ve got a bridge/extender.  Add an IR photocell and you’ve got a learning remote.  Take advantage of the networking capability, and you’ve got a house controller that doesn’t have to be hard wired in any particular location…

Oh, and did I mention that Servos work off the same concept of pulse modulation?  No, I don’t have to, you’ve already figured that out!

http://bansky.net/blog/2009/04/microframework-device-controlled-via-tv-remote/