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This paper discussed the design method and realization technology of an infrared remote device, which is used to control a Water Strider Robot: Water Dancer III. According to the considerations of functions and performance demanded, a detailed system scheme with the centralized control mode is designed. The Ultra-low power microchip MSP430 is worked as the main controller of the device, connected with an IR LED, two 8-SEG LEDs and several keys, in order to achieve the functions of forward, backward, turn, speed governing and Autonomous / manual mode switching for Water Strider Robot. The experimental tests give satisfied results that verified the performance of the developed remote controller.