I'm looking to control an old VCR player and use the basic controls (play, stop, eject). My first thought was to wire up each button on the VCR control panel to an arduino, but then I discovered an IR receiver was present.
Would it be possible to just remove the IR receiver and have the arduino send commands to the VCR over plain wires instead? If so what would I need to do to make it work? Could it be as simple as using a IR transmit sketch for the software and some soldering of wires for the hardware?
I know just using an IR transmitter would be easy but for this project not using IR would be ideal.