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Long Range IR Proximity Sensor

Hello fellow robot enthusiasts, 


I need some help. I would like to build - from scratch - the device listed above. Though I have endeavored to find this information on the infallible database known as "the Internet," my efforts have returned to me fruitless. I ha e found many tutorials on how to build a simple IR range sensor, but these tutorials stop there, and offer no information beneficial to improving the function of the sensor. That being said, I would like to know if someone can walk me through the construction of this circuit.