How would I best go about determining what type of IR receiver would be best used with an existing IR beacon system that I have?
Basically, I have a certain brand IR beacon that is made to go on a race track and blast across the track (you put it "inside" the track and point it "out" so that it isn't blasting across but one spot on the track). Then that same company makes their own receivers that know how to see that beacon every time it's passed and show a lap time.
I want to build my own receiver that does the same thing. The problem is I know there are different type of IR emitters and receivers and don't know how to figure out what this one is emitting exactly. I may be able to take it apart and find part numbers and such, but if I can't, is there an easy-ish way?
I want to use this particular emitter instead of building my own (even though I'm quite sure building my own would be brain dead easy) because some tracks you go to already have this exact emitter living there permanently, so it's one less thing to deal with setting up (and often forgetting to retrieve at the end of a long day).