I can't seem to figure out how to read from the receiver.
QuoteI can't seem to figure out how to read from the receiver.The receiver will only detect light / no light, it is not the type you can read data from like a remote.The range is limited. This project could use them:-http://www.thebox.myzen.co.uk/Hardware/Sneak_Thief.html
As you can see in the picture, this is not a photo transistor.
The page you're indicting is a full circuit that does not explain anything of value on how to use individual components.
and start a waterfall of other electrons.