How to Make a Button Pushed by Another Button

Hello...please excuse me if this is the wrong forum, and please move it if it is...I figured this would be the right forum, but I'm not even sure this is even the right site. Anyways, I'm completely new to this and I need some help. Basically, I want to create a device where when I pressed down a button, a motor that is linked to that button presses another button. Then, when I let off that button, I want it to stop pressing the other button. It probably is very simple, but I don't know what motors, buttons, capacitors, etc. I need. Don't hesitate to ask me if you have any questions, I know I probably explained this horribly.

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beebose9 years ago
you might want to check rc (radio controlers). hobby shops. just one more idea.
kberd7 (author) 9 years ago
Don't know if you've ever played an Xbox 360 before, but I would say the force the solenoid needs is almost exactly like the force that is needed to depress the right analog stick. I don't really know what else to compare it to. I am again, unsure what a clamping diode is and how to install it, but I'll look that up also. If it helps any, the solenoid and push button are going to be moving up and down at very, very, VERY quick rates, is there a certain type of solenoid that is more durable than others or are they all pretty durable and reactive?
. Solenoids come in all shapes, sizes, and materials of construction. From tiny ones that will barely push a cork across a counter to huge, industrial units. . If I ever had a 360 controller in my hand, I didn't know it. Last time I played video games, Ataris were still popular. . A clamping diode is used to shunt the reverse EMF produced when a coil is de-energized. Google "shunt diode". . Quick is relative. If you are replicating human button pressing, that would be, what, about 500Hz max? . Googling "solenoid vendor" ought to give you some good leads. IIRC, you are looking for a "linear electrical solenoid" (or "electrical linear solenoid").
kberd7 (author) 9 years ago
Ok, so, to check to make sure I have this straight, the basic circuit would be Battery -> Push Button -> Solenoid -> Battery? Any specifics? Like what battery, solenoid, any capacitors or anything? And I'm thinking of this as a solenoid a part that pushes down on something when a current goes through it.
> the basic circuit would be Battery -> Push Button -> Solenoid -> Battery? . Yes . > Any specifics? . The solenoid you use depends on how hard it has to "press" to actuate the button. The battery you need depends on the solenoid you use. . You probably want to add a clamping diode across the coil of the solenoid. . > pushes down on something when a current goes through it . Yes.
NachoMahma9 years ago
. Instead of using a motor/cam to actuate the button, use a solenoid.
kberd7 (author)  NachoMahma9 years ago
Uh...I'm really sorry, but I have no idea what you just said there. I'm really new to this and I don't even know what a solenoid is...I'll look it up, but could I get this stuff at RadioShack or something?
kberd7 (author) 9 years ago
Yes, but I have a series of remote-like devices that are spread apart (4 to be exact), and each has the same button scheme. I plan to create 4 of the projects mentioned above so that I can centralize 4 spread out buttons into one convenient controller.
whatsisface9 years ago
Is the motor an integral part of the design? A button in parallel to the other button will give it the same effect.