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Automatic Button Pusher Answered

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?

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googlygorf

8 years ago

Lol I know I got here kind of late, but I definitely have a solution, I needed to do the same thing for Elder Scrolls Oblivion on the 360, so I built a "Button Masher" out of Legos.  It works great, runs all night (no batteries :-p), and logs about 150 hits per minute.  You can build anything out of Legos.

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conect

8 years ago

how bout the device that make the doorbell chime?

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Brennn10

11 years ago

You are not trying to cheat are you?

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Kiteman

11 years ago

I've seen a request like this before, can't remember where though. I guess there's a trick where continuous hammering of a button gives you power-ups, more lives, virtual money and such. ... I bet it's a foaf-tale!

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hannibalxlecter

11 years ago

I think I know how to approach this now, but not sure which circuitry or devices I would need. I want to add a device to the inside of my controller, must be very tiny of course to fit, that I can solder to each of my 8-10 buttons giving them a auto or repeat when their pressed. I would then of course add a small switch at the bottom of the controller to turn this repeater on and off. Anyone seen a small chip or circuit that would do this?

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hannibalxlecter

11 years ago

I really like the "Quick and Easy Electronic Time Lapse " idea. It looks like the most stable approach. I'm not too crazy about soldering wires to my controller though. I wonder if there is a way I can use something similiar that would drive a hammer back and forth... I actually took apart my kids small electric trains last night. Keeping the motor running would likely drain the batteries pretty quick, and I plan to use this device about 7 hours at a time every night for close to a month.

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its a lionhannibalxlecter

Reply 11 years ago

what exactly are you doing that you need to push 1 button for 7 hours at a time for a month?

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hannibalxlecterits a lion

Reply 11 years ago

Hehe, that is a secret ;-) I think I know how to approach this now, but not sure which circuitry or devices I would need. I want to add a device to the inside of my controller, must be very tiny of course to fit, that I can solder to each of my 8-10 buttons giving them a auto or repeat when their pressed. I would then of course add a small switch at the bottom of the controller to turn this repeater on and off. Anyone seen a small chip or circuit that would do this?

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ongissim

11 years ago

Use a 555 timer.

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HamOongissim

Reply 11 years ago

How do you get a 555 timer to push a button?

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Weissensteinburg

11 years ago

Do you know how an engine works? How in the combustion chamber, the piston moves up and down to rotate the crankshaft?

see:http://wright.nasa.gov/airplane/Images/cylmov2.gif

You could do something similar, but reversed. Just use a hobby motor to spin a "crankshaft" that will push a "piston" up and down. Each time it goes down, it can push the button.

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HamOWeissensteinburg

Reply 11 years ago

Excellent idea. How about an old model airplane motor with a gear train to slow it down, and maybe a voltage controller to vary the speed of the motor.

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hannibalxlecter

11 years ago

Not a bad idea... With the hundreds of battery craving toys my kids have laying around the house half broken, I may just be able to concoct a simple device from a mobile choo choo train :-) Any other idea's out there?