Pushing that button

Hey guys, Just wondering if any of you lovely people can help me out here. I'm looking for a fairly simple/cheap thing to build that will press a button continuously on my keyboard (not a program, I need a real life presser ;) ) If the timing could be varied that'd be a plus! Thanks for any ideas in advance, :D

Topic by FreshGarbage   |  last reply

adding a push-button

Howdy! I'd appreciate any advice regarding this potential project.  I would like to take a regular old basic laser pointer and hack it so that I can turn it on and off with a push button, at a short distance, and connected by wire.  The original device may have a rubber button on the side or back, or maybe it's turned on with a twist, or maybe something else. That would have to be left 'on' -- or, better yet, bypassed.  Because I want to be able to activate it by pressing and holding down a button, just like a doorbell. (I suppose flashlights and any number of other devices would work similarly.) For the project I have in mind, having the switch hard-wired to the device would be fine, but naturally I'd love to hear about anyone's wireless ideas! Thanks so much!!!!!

Topic by Purple Chez   |  last reply

Push Button Audio?

Hello, I am building a beer pong table and would like to have a button that when hit would cause my school's fight song to play. I am confident i can do the wiring and all i just have no idea where to begin. What i am perplexed by is how to get my fight song on some sort of chip. Any ideas of what type of chip i am looking for? I really appreciate any help on this.

Topic by hilldw11   |  last reply

push button contacts fail

Hi, i disassembled my full-automated coffeemachine as the push buttons for programs failed. The buttons are a line of rubber and the contacts on the platine are toothed while each rubber contact got tiny plates that bridge the contacts on the platine. I guess that the contact plates lack of conductivity - any suggestions what i can do to improve the conductivity? I thought bout buying contact foil and glue it over the rubber contacts, but i don't know, if this is the best solution.

Topic by Luziviech   |  last reply

Push Button Activated Video?

Is there a way to wire a button that would be pushed in order to activate a video playing on a monitor. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank-you.

Question by artmaughan   |  last reply

push button basics help? Answered

I'm new to arduino's but not new to programming, more of a novice, so my question is more physical than logical- why does my push button say i've pressed it 4 to 7 times on the serial print, when i've only pressed it once? is my push button broken? and when i hold the push button down, the serial print says i'm pressing it repeatedly? 

Question by DemolisionWolf   |  last reply

push button mp3 player?

Hey. I was hoping somebody could help me with an idea i have for a costume. I'm making a costume for Tony Stark from Iron Man 3, with the headset. I can make the headset, but I wanted to add something to it. I want to be able to put a small device that will play sounds (JARVIS quotes) when you push a button. What I'm envisioning is something like you see in some toys. It has multiple sounds, but one button. It plays through one sound effect when you push the button, the next one the next time you push it, and so on. I've seen ones that will do a sound for each button with multiple buttons, but that's not really what I want. One button, multiple sounds, and it cycles through them. Thanks.

Question by Dustin Cox   |  last reply

Circuit that emulate a push button

Hello Everyone! I'd like to ask your help in making this circuit. I want to make a simple circuit that emulates a push button switch: When powered on, the circuit will trigger a switch. When powered off, it will trigger the switch again. I'm thinking of using this for my home made coin operated PC. There are various options for the coin operated PCs from shutting off the monitor or keyboard & mouse to software triggered. But I'm thinking of using the stand-by or sleep option of the motherboard. My current setup is a coin slot that is connected to a timer circuit. When coin is inserted the timer is activated and a relay will turn on. I want to put the circuit to this relay output and connected to the pwr button of the PC. Hoping for your assistance,

Topic by cvill   |  last reply

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.

Topic by kberd7   |  last reply


Someone can advice me what switch is suitable to use in my remote control. I had tried push button however it does not compatible with the coding (I'm using chipkit UNO32). My intention is to make the user select AUTO mode or MANUAL Mode. After selecting, the user will be asked to select speed and duration. So this requires a lot of loop-inside-a-loop, if-inside-if etc. When I'm using push button, the microcontroller cannot read the command when the second button is push. I heard, if using push button I need electronic relay. 

Topic by lovetronic   |  last reply


Ever spend time with someone and can't remember how many times they say or do something that you HATE? How about making a small push button device that allows you to push the button each time you want to say "I hate/love/ whatever", along with a sound and a visible counter for number of times the button is pushed? Easy way to decide at the end of the day if you really like this person or not............ The components must be small enough to be able to carry the device in your hand for instant counting. Just a thought...smile :) Any ideas on how to costruct this idea would be appreciated: P.S......I'm not much of an electrician or engineer so the simplest of plans is a neccesity. Thanks in advance Sam s.p.in.imperial@hotmail.com

Topic by samdotcom   |  last reply

Mode switch cant find instructable

Hello, i am trying to find an instructable on how to build a push button switch. Ever seen tose LED glow sticks and a one push of a button they turn on? Well, im doing the same and i need a single push of a button to switch from on LED the another push turns the other one offf and the 2nd one on and then another push turns it off. Can someone please help me? Thanks

Topic by bluejuice   |  last reply

Pushbutton Question Answered

I have been taking apart Gameboys and keyboards. These devices have buttons or keys that you push to play a note. When I take it apart, I dont see pushbotton switches like id expect. Instead I see a rubber form with a little black dot on it, and when you press it, the black dot touches a black surface on a PCB. Anyone know how this works?

Question by crocboy   |  last reply

Button pusher

I want to build a device that can push a button (such as keyboard, cell phone button, etc) with approximately the same force as a human would once every few seconds automatically. I've done a search, but haven't found a project like this. Has anyone published anything along these lines?

Topic by baggers   |  last reply

The AWESOME Button

Matt Richardson over at Make made an awesome button from the Staples Easy Button. When pushed, the reprogrammed button randomly selects a synonym to the word 'awesome', perfect for thinking of new (awesome?) words to include in a description when writing. As an added bonus, Instructables' own Scoochmaroo is (sorta) referenced briefly @0:20 Check out the video and make one yourself: via: MakeMagazine YouTube Chanel

Topic by mikeasaurus   |  last reply

Debounce arduino push button sketch

Hi, I have done the following sketch and wiring, i have tried all sorts of Debounce code in the sketch but can't get it to stop. Most of the sketches i have read and tried switch the led on with one push and off with the second. i just want it to stay on while being pushed and go off while not being pushed, i am working towards RF or Bluetooth but not until i stop this bounce!

Topic by Senken   |  last reply

How do I switch a Push button Switch to a toggle switch?

I bought EL wire and the power is a push button switch and would like to know how i could change it to a toggle switch also if anyone knows how to change it from battery powered to powered by the car ild greatly appreciate it for that I was thinking of using a fuse tap though

Question by alphashark45   |  last reply

Blog Buttons

I have had a blog for 3 years and have been on Instructables for just under 3 months. What I would like is an Instructables Blog Button, that I could put on my blog, so when a person who visits my blog, they can push the button and be taken to Instructables.com. My computer skills have barely grown to the point of knowing how to add a button to my blog. May someone should create an Instructable on how to create such a button. I would do it, if someone would teach me how! Thanks.

Topic by craftknowitall   |  last reply

Small LED Push Button Setup

So I'm trying to create an LED ring, to where if I squeeze my finger the led will come on with a push button, and squeeze again to turn it off. So I bought a small series of LED's and Push Buttons from Radio Shack, but cant get it to work the way I need. I found that the push button switch was for a circuit board or something. Bear in mind I'm not the best with this type of thing but I thought I could figure it out on my own. This setup is supposed to be small enough to fit in a ring, so the smaller the better. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

Topic by Pistulio   |  last reply

Wireless or bluetooth rechargeable button attached to PC with a dongle

Hi, I am trying to find details of a cheap wireless/bluetooth largish 3 or 4 inch single button that uses a dongle connected to a Windows PC via USB.  It'll be used for push-to-talk type stuff. It should be rechargeable via USB (a mini connector, or some such thing).  While the button is held down it should send some kind of signal to the PC, and any advice on how I can detect that in C# would be appreciated.  There should also be a status light that will show green when the unit has sufficient charge, red when the button is pressed and blinking yellow when the battery is running low. Any ideas or suggestions? Thanks reaxion

Topic by reaxion   |  last reply

A keyboard button pushing robot/ machine?

Can anyone build a bot that can sit on a desk and press the A key or left/right arrow keys every 10-15 min?

Topic by imarere   |  last reply

how to solder a push to on switch button??

Hi. i m currently makin a project regardin robo.its names robot control using dtmf. need to solder this s/w..replies expected soon! thank u~!

Question by dpanse   |  last reply

Make a wifi/bluetooth push button with a sticker ?

Anybody dares to try to build a push button with a sticker? The idea is that touching the sticker sends a "signal" to a nearby PC . It could be used to deploy fast buttons along a house or something....

Question by vtarin 

Switch button

I have connect Arduino with wave shield and 2 switch buttons to play wave when the buttons are pressed but it played it automatically with out any press and it repeat I don't now why .. void loop() {   trackNum = findGPSLatLng();   Serial.println(trackNum);     // Get if a button was pushed   buttonState1 = digitalRead(buttonPin0); buttonState2 = digitalRead(buttonPin1);        if(buttonState1 == HIGH && previous1 == LOW && millis() - time > debounce)   {     audioSelectFlag = 1;   }   else if(buttonState2 == HIGH && previous2 == LOW && millis() - time > debounce)   {    audioSelectFlag = 2;   } time = millis();     //  here is the wave files to play   switch (trackNum) {     case 5:     if(audioSelectFlag == 1  || audioSelectFlag == 2)         playcomplete("1.WAV");         break;         case 1:       if(audioSelectFlag == 1)         playcomplete("1.WAV");       else if(audioSelectFlag == 2)         playcomplete("1b.WAV");       break;     case 2:       if(audioSelectFlag == 1)         playcomplete("2a.WAV");       else if(audioSelectFlag == 2)         playcomplete("2b.WAV");       break;     case 3:       if(audioSelectFlag == 1)         playcomplete("3a.WAV");       else if(audioSelectFlag == 2)         playcomplete("3b.WAV");       break;   } }

Question by moonwa   |  last reply

Automatic Button Pusher?

}}}ok... weird request, but desperetly needed! I work in a sales office where after hours first person who pushes the button when the RED light lights up gets the call and hopefully sale... I have learned that by repeatedly pushing the button you automatically get the call. I need help finding a device that constantly pushes the button for me (automatically). I have tried everywhere and am not creative enough to find the solution. The button is approx the size of a shirt button. Can someone please help me???

Topic by cramwop   |  last reply

push button precise timed Syrup dispenser

Hello all i have a "Burning Question" i have very little electrical experience and i suppose therein lies my problem, in the past Instructables have helped me out of a lot of binds, so here goes... i wish to make a liquid dispenser with adjustable settings eg: 1 sec; 2 sec; 3 sec up to 12 seconds i suppose now in this i know a potentiometer would enable this function, coupled with a 555 timer and a solenoid .( gravity feed ) now here is the real challenge ( for me at least) the circuitry and connections elude me a lot. would any of you smart people take pity upon a noob and guide me through this project? any and all help very welcome and appreciated Regards Joe pixie

Topic by Joe Pixie   |  last reply

How to build a wifi or bluetooth capable button pusher for turning on computer from a distance?

I have been googleing this like crazy and cannot find anything close enough related to what I am trying to do.  I would like to be able to (ideally) use an iphone or ipad to send a wireless signal to a circuit board that then tells a piston (button pushing) mechanism to push the cylindrical on button on my computer.  It doesn't have to be a wireless signal, I could settle for less considering my lack of expertise in the area.  I am however confident in soldering and some scripting, which I thought about using a raspberry pi might work for this, especially for the wireless part of the project, but I would prefer still something with even less overhead.  If anyone has any ideas or direction that would be awesome.

Topic by zcmcc   |  last reply

link the button/pad to the button keyboard?

Hi, I'm a newbie here and I know nothing about how to make my project possible. My project is making a flash games and when it comes to the solution that people have to choose A, B or C people can push the button on the keyboard. But now I want to hide the keyboard and use 3 pads/ or buttons only. So that's mean I have to link 3 buttons from the keyboard that I made to the 3 pads/ buttons. I'm thinking of using 3 switches of the light for the button/pads but I don't think that is a good idea. And I don't even know how to make it become true. I really need your help please. I appreciate any helps from you guys

Question by tvdrz   |  last reply

How do the buttons on a calculator work?

My calculator has these black lines (under all the buttons) that are very close but not touching in wavy designs right on the PCB. How do these buttons work? Is there a way I hook up a SMT push button to this? Like I mentioned before, both my calculators have these black traces. Is this a covering over the copper? How would I get to the actual copper? Do I try to sand off the black?  Thanks!

Question by HavocRC   |  last reply

Using a Push Solenoid as a finger press to start video game console...Help please

Ok guys so Basically I have a plastation 2 console in my arcade machine, I want to be able to turn it on via a arcade pushbutton on the outside of my machine. The idea I have is to use a linear push solenoid to act as a finger to press the power button on the front of the ps2 everytime i press that pushbutton........ Is this possible? what type of push solenoid do I need....eg. 12v? size etc.... and can I use a momentary contact pushbutton to power on the solenoid momentarily to do a single press of the playstation 2 power button? Thanks for any help... P.S. I have very little knowledge of robotics or servos and solenoid usage....but I can solder, wire, etc....

Topic by Negativecreep0   |  last reply

Is there a way to count button pushes on an arduino and have it reset the count at a certain number? Answered

I would like to count the number of buttons pushed and when it reaches the number 8, I would like it to reset it to 0. Can anyone help me with an example code or a tutorial somewhere? Greatly Appreciated!

Question by bigjohn412   |  last reply

Push button to start / stop recording with a webcam?

I want to make a "2 buttons recording machine" with a webcam and a display. It can be on Pi or PC. I could not find much useful information that tells me how to use a button to start/stop video recording. Can some one help to make this? or any useful resources for "pushing button to record video"

Topic by rootloop   |  last reply

How to pick correct push button switch?

Hi, the pushbutton switch in my coleman lamp is broken and I need a replacement. It's a push button with 2 leads. I don't know how to tell if its spdt, spst, or the other ones. How do I pick the right switch? Its rating says it is 5A/40A 250V. It stays in the on position until it its pushed again. I linked some pics on imageshack (couldn't get the uploader here to work.). Maybe that will help. Thanks http://img692.imageshack.us/i/img0705d.jpg/ http://img683.imageshack.us/i/img0706b.jpg/ http://img683.imageshack.us/i/img0707n.jpg/

Question by phillyj   |  last reply

Push button duration measurement inside FPGA

Hello, I need to measure the time between press and release a button in an FPGA (time between rising and faling edge) and dispaly the time result the seven segment dispaly of the FPGA , I do somethink but it doesn t work , can any one help please or give a program ,????

Topic by mirabelle275 

Push button controlling different light combinations?

You know how with some flash lights and such, you click the button and one LED turns on, then you press it again and more turn on. How would I get a result similar to that? What I'm trying to do is pressing a N/O button once and LED 1 turns on then clicking it again and LED 1 turns off while LED 2 turns on. I've been scratching my head over it for a few days but I cant figure out how.

Question by Kruegem   |  last reply

Wireless Push to talk button for walkie talkie

Hi all. I would like to build a wireless push to talk switch for use with my comms set up used for airsoft. I would like to be able to put the switch/button onto my rifle (wirelessly) so I can keep hands on when communicating on the radio. Having to take my hand off the rifle to push the talk button is a pain. The only ones I can find online are commercial and quite expensive. What I hope to do is build a simple wireless switch and modify the current PTT swith to be operated by the wireles one. Can anybody advise me how to do this? Circuit diagrams or hints? A site with ready made plans (wishful thinking) Cheers in advance from New Zealand

Topic by fyremon   |  last reply

How to make a push button switch easy?

Please help me here basicly i need to know how to make a momentary switch button of sorts....sorta like this http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2062496 but home made..i cant seem to figure out how to make a button like that...like a button you press down that dosent click and stay but comes back out as soon as you let go..i mean i would just do the paper clip method but i cant as the project that im currently working at needs a button like that..i would buy them but i rather some how..make a simple button just like that so could you guys help me out?

Topic by blenderbros1   |  last reply

Arduino Powered Motor Controlled by Push Button

I am very new to Arduino, but have a project in mind that I would love help with. On Friday I will have the Arduino Mega 2560 Rev3 and many extra parts like servos, motors, etc. I have also read through Intro to Arduino V2 and Arduino cookbook, so I'm trying to learn but I'd appreciate any help I could get with this project. I would like to control a stepper motor with a push button to lower what will basically be a drawbridge. I will need the motor to stop at a certain point and then be able to push the same button or another to raise the bridge. I may also want to incorporate a Scrolling LED on the box housing the button(s). I'm still a noob but the code looks like something I would be able to work out (but I'll take any and all advice), I'm going to need a lot of help with designing the circuit and being sure I know how to connect an outside power source so I do not short the board in anyway. Any and all help would be greatly appreciated and I will gladly list you as a source when this project is completed. Thanks! -Will

Topic by WRobinson0033   |  last reply

Can someone help me with common cathode leds and push buttons?

Hello everyone! Im planning on doing a thingy like this for my son, can it work? Im going to use a 3V 1A power source to connect 3 push buttons to a common cathode led, like on the image included. I was planning to use this led: http://www.ebay.com/itm/2p-10mm-RGB-LED-Common-Cathode-4-Pin-Tri-Color-Red-Green-Blue-3v-6v-9v-12v-FCL4P-/290802586540?hash=item43b52f53ac:m:m6IDFR2pATn4PfCbuH-kqzw and switches like this: http://www.ebay.com/itm/152146897080?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName;=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT is says: Light Voltage DC 3V In my mind it looks like this: if u push the red, the led will turn red, and u can add additional colors to it with the other 2 buttons. Could this work? If I figured it out good, I wont need a resistor for the blue and green, but I will need one for the red. How big it should be? Is it a good setup that I solder the positive to the switches and the black/negative to the one led? Can I add an another lead from the power supply to an another independent switch and single color led?

Topic by Smitiz   |  last reply

What this button does?? Answered

The images are given below(one with closer look and one with outer look) i have marked one red button and i want to know what it does and it has two faces when i push it down it has 15 written on it and when i pull it down 230 is written there! Do any one have any idea?

Question by ubdussamad   |  last reply

arduino button question?

Hey guys I have an arduino question. I want to run both servo sweep and servo knob at the same time But be controlled by a button.  Like servo swep starts up, i mash a button, then servo knob comes on and i can manually control the servo. then push a button (either the same or another) and servo sweep comes back. This is for arduino uno r3. Please advise

Question by thematthatter   |  last reply

solenoid actuator and led momentary push button door locks

I have a car door lock 2 wire actuator one wire pushes the solenoid actuator to unlock and the other wire pulls to lock. I want to install these in my car with a momentary push button switch which illuminates when doors are locked and button is pressed once and then turns off when doors are unlocked and same button is pressed again. Should this be a dpdt on off on switch, or spdt on off on? I know with rocker dpdt switches you can set it so reversing polarity will make the actuator pull or push whichever the opposite is. Do they make a push button that I can press to lock, press to unlock.

Topic by graphitej   |  last reply

Is there any way to make any cool little projects with a momentary push button?

I was modding my xbox 360 controller so I bought a pack of 4 or 5 push buttons. Now, I have some left over and was wondering what to do with them. For example, could I construct a small taser or shocker and hide it in a pen casing or something? Thanks!

Question by adam72   |  last reply

I need a certain button... Answered

I'm thinking of a project that requires a certain button. it needs to be low-profile, and be an on/off button (push on, push off) that doesn't pop up when it's off (like some buttons do so you can see if it's on or not). it just basically needs to be small (about the size of an LED, but in a square shape) and short (like a low-profile LED), and needs to be a push on, push off type button, like some flashlights have. any search terms might help (like I know momentary switch, but I don't know what a.... well, non-momentary switch would be called). I also need a lot of them cheap. I'm kind of crossing my fingers as to this actually existing....

Question by codongolev   |  last reply

Wireless Button Pusher

Hello all, I am trying to add/build a wireless button pusher to a grain management device on my farm. The device cannot be hacked into or tampered with, however, the button I am trying to push requires little force and does not need to be sustained. It only needs to hit the button when I hit a remote. Additionally, I cannot use a phone for this (my grandfather needs to be able to operate it as well and could not use a phone) So I would need to be able to connect two simple remotes.  Any and all suggestions welcome. 

Topic by larx   |  last reply

Is there a way to count button pushes on an arduino and have the led blink after pressed the button 4 time?

I would like to make if the button pressed 4 time.. led will start blinking for 5 second and if button pressed 8 time.. led will start blinking for 10 second... Can anyone help me with an example code or a tutorial somewhere? Greatly Appreciated!

Question by AzamJ   |  last reply

Automatic Button Pusher

Guys, I'm dyin here, this should be such an abvious creation! I need to create a simple mechanism to repeatedly push a button on a Playstation 3 controller. Doesnt have to be quick at all, even every few minutes would work, be it has to be able to repeadedly press a button for a few hours at a time. I figured I would go Homer style and grab myself a trendy little dipping or drinking bird, but figured it would be reliable enough to keep up for a few hours. Seems terribly trivial, but that's whats driving me so crazy to figure out a solution?! Any crafty McGuyver's out there want to take a stab at it?

Topic by hannibalxlecter   |  last reply

Audio switch with four inputs and push button toggle?

I'm looking to create a device similar to this instructable: https://www.instructables.com/id/Audio-switch-2-inputs-1-output/ However I need four inputs and I would be using a push button as the means to jump between inputs. If I could also have some sort of indicator LED that would be helpful. Not quite sure how to tackle this project.

Question by Nameless37   |  last reply

Toggling LCD Backlight with arduino ?

Hey, I'm working on a project where I need my LCD to toggle between On/Off.  By default, the LCD is OFF showing nothing. When button is pressed, LCD should be ON. When the button is pressed again, the LCD will display a “shutdown” warning message at which the user can confirm or cancel. Right now, I just need the ON/OFF function to work (without warning message). This is the code I have been trying, but it doesn't work properly. #include #include const int Temp = 0; const int Press = 1;      const int Noise = 2;          const int Settings = 3; const int ON_OFF = 8; const int LCD_LIGHT = A4; int buttonState0 = 0; int buttonState1 = 0; int buttonState2 = 0; int buttonState3 = 0; int buttonState4 = 0; bool isLcdOn = false; LiquidCrystal lcd(12, 11, 4, 5, 6, 7); void setup() {   Serial.begin(9600);   lcd.begin(16, 2);   lcd.noDisplay();   pinMode(Settings, INPUT);   pinMode(Temp, INPUT);   pinMode(Press, INPUT);   pinMode(Noise, INPUT);   pinMode(ON_OFF, INPUT);   pinMode (LCD_LIGHT, OUTPUT);     } void loop() {   buttonState4 = digitalRead(ON_OFF);   if (buttonState4 == LOW)   {     isLcdOn = !isLcdOn;     if(isLcdOn){       lcd.clear();       lcd.setCursor(4, 0);       lcd.print("WELCOME");       lcd.display();       digitalWrite(LCD_LIGHT, HIGH);           }   }     else{       lcd.noDisplay();       digitalWrite(LCD_LIGHT, LOW);     } delay(2000);   }

Question by BME22   |  last reply

Need Advice: Push a Button Get an Alert on Mobile Phone

Hi all, I'm attempting something "techy" for the first time and need a bit of help getting started, or deciding if this is possible. I'm trying to create something that will send an alert to a mobile phone if a button on another device is pushed. I'm fairly confident this is possible, but not sure what technology I could use to achieve this. I bought an Amazon Dash button to play with but not sure if that makes sense.  A rough idea of what I'm trying to achieve: If the Amazon Dash button is pushed and HELD for more than 5 seconds, the phone it's linked to would display an alert message or sound (preferably until the button is released). The button and the phone would be located in the same room. Does that sound feasible? What are some components/skills I would need to gather/learn for this project? Massive thanks for the help!

Topic by CoughCough   |  last reply