The Sharp line of analog infrared rangefinders are back, and with their usual high-level of noise and color immunity. These are great distance sensors that should be near the top of anybody's list for simple & effective obstacle detection!
Looking for a very good photoreflector? The OPB730F is an EXCELLENT unit!
Left, Middle, Right short range sensors in a small package.
Finally, a drop-in replacement for the venerable, but obsolete, PNA4602! This unit detect standard 38Khz pulsed signals and the carrier frequency. It makes a cheap analog 38kHz signal strength/data detector for robots, secret triggers, and other electronic projects.
This Small 7-key 38 kHz Infrared Remote Control is great for wirelessly controlling or communicating with all kinds of electronic projects.