Here is something I built during the weekend. I saw this post last Friday on Hackaday and remembered a project idea that I had been thinking about previously. Apple Remote Arduino shield has been featured in Hackaday also in 2009.
Searching anything with the original Apple TV IR-remote is a pain in the ass. You are forced to navigate your way in a grid of letters where the letters are organized alphabetically instead of forming a qwerty keyboard. I barely remember the correct order of the alphabets. Also many of the menu views would work better with swipe gestures instead of the four navigation buttons.
More details can be found from here:
Source code on GitHub