Questions about button types, button debouncing, button interfacing, etc.

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Self-made Arduino pushbutton bank not working

So I'm trying to make a 5 key keypad like circuit, but with increased tactile feel, so I forwent actual store bought pushbuttons. I rigged up keys with some aluminum foil and pieces of plastic and ...
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Push button switch terminology question

What is the proper term for the upper part, the one we push on push button switches? Is it button or knob (I also saw it referred as head and actuator)? I am asking because I want to buy some for a ...
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Reading switches without a common ground from Arduino

I'm trying to interface a steering wheel control interface with an Arduino. The interface connector has 6 pins, A to F. These ...
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One-shot sound button/trigger for Arduino Sound Player

I've succeeded in making a simple Arduino ATMega328 sound player on my breadboard following this guide. . . http://highlowtech.org/?p=1963 http://playground.arduino.cc/Code/PCMAudio But, here's my ...
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Custom push-to-talk button on a handheld two-way radio

I want to make my own PTT for this two-way radio. How can I determine how it is realized? I've figured out that the two "potential rings" with the biggest diameter on the 3.5mm and 2.5mm plug are ...
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Rubber button contacts for stripboard

How can I make button contacts on a stripboard (or any other kind of board)? They are meant to work with the black circular carbon conductors underneath the rubber keys on a gamepad (like this). ...
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PIC programming - Get value of multiple buttons to a port

I'm learning PIC (pic18f4550) and pretty new to microcontroller programming. I'm trying get value of three button on PORTA and send it to a 8x8 led matrix as X coordinates through a 74LS595. The ...
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Best way to short these pins?

The pins that the arrows are pointing to are for the power button on my camera. If I take a small piece of wire and touch the two leads (they seem microscopic), then the camera turns on and off. I ...
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specific type of illuminated push switch [closed]

(editing to try and remove from 'old hold' status) I've been looking for a specific type of push switch for a little arduino/pi project I'm working on - it's the sort of illuminated push switch that ...
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I need to replace this button in this circuit board with a relay

I have a circuit board with a button in it (the clear white button pictured below is the one I'm targeting). I need to somehow remove the button from the circuit and put a relay in it's place. I'm ...
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Launchpad MSP430 incremental blink with button

I'm new with this. I'm trying to make an incremental blinking LED with every time that I push the button, I'm using Energia and Launchpad MSP430, I don't know if somebody can give a example code to do ...
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How do I use a button to wake up an atmega32?

Sorry for any noobiness, I'm more of a software engineer. How do I use button interrupts in general? As in, if I put my microcontroller to sleep, I'd like a button to wake it up. How should I go ...
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Inverting SCR Action?

I'm curious if there is a way to reverse the way an SCR works(Current flow to load UNTIL a gate signal arrives). I think this would come in handy for a bunch of hobby circuits I may want to ...
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How to use MOSFETS for single-button on-switch and input signal to microcontroller [duplicate]

I'm trying to create a single button circuit for the purpose of both powering on a microcontroller (probably an arduino) and then allowing the microcrontroller to control its own power (power itself ...
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Detecting length of button-press using a microcontroller

I'm interested in creating a seek button panel (2 buttons - back and forward) that will connect with my Android's native music player, similar to the CD player in my car. I'd like for the buttons to ...
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Where can I get a big, cheap, simple, push button? [closed]

Right now I have a circuit which connects a battery to a motor which propels an 80 pound robot forward. I'd like to add a simple pushbutton to the circuit that allows me to instantly make or break the ...
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6 way switch to USB card reader

I am looking for a way to redirect 6 pcb traces with a push of a single button. There is micro controller with a SD card connected and I would like to access the SD from a computer without needing to ...
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Coolpix L27 trigger mechanism

I plan to do a 3d scanner with low-grade digital camera. I opened a coolpix L27 and found this : Does anybody knows how this kind of button is called (may be it is normalised and finding a ...
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4 pin headset pinout / pushbuttons interface [duplicate]

You all know smartphone headsets. Most of them have a microphone integrated and additional pushbuttons for increasing/decreasing the volume or to pause the current track. I am wondering how this is ...
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Ardiuno Uno R3 Plus Digital Pins Overused?

I have an Ardiuno Uno R3 Plus with 14 digital pins, but they don't function well. Or maybe they do, but the point is, I think I am overusing them. I have an LCD connected to ports 13-7, 4 LED lights ...
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Launchpad blink with button

I am trying to make LED in MSP430G2 Launchpad keep blinking / off with button like Switch example (http://www.arduino.cc/en/Tutorial/Switch) in Arduino/Energia but I seem to miss something stupid and ...
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Circuit for 2 Switches and 2 LED's

I have a circuit with 2 switches and 2 LED's. I want to control one LED with 1 button (which is a simple circuit). But I also want to turn off one of them, when the other is On. Is there a simple way ...
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ATMega32, Using PORTA as digital io has digital “crosstalk”

I have multiple switches connected to portA on an atmega32. They are set as an input with internal pullups. There are no external pullups. The switches ground out the pins. I'm not debouncing the ...
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Limit Number Of Pulses From 555 Or Similar

I need as small a circuit as possible that can produce 2 pulses (say maybe 200 milliseconds long and apart) when I press a button. My thought was to use a 555 timer and set it up for my desired pulse ...
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Circuit to emulate 2/3 button presses

I am attempting to build a simple circuit to to control sound on my Android phone. All the controls are accomplished by tying a control pin to ground, so all I do in between is just about resistance ...
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Solteam switch with 5 pins

I am very new to electronics, learning by my own. I extracted a lot of switches, buttons and other components from old computer parts, and now I am wondering can I use this as direction switch for ...
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Will I need diode if I add button to this schematic?

Here is some pre-story. I removed ignition switch in my car which had five wires connected to it (accessories, ignition, starter, +12V for ACC&IGN, +12 for STARTER), and connected the wires to the ...
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Trigger button press via mspdebug

I am experimenting with a MSP430 (inside a eZ430 Chronos), and I’d like to debug my code while the device is attached to the USB debug board. It seems that the buttons do not work while the device in ...
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How to wire a button for input on an Attiny85 using Arduino code?

I am trying to "shrink" my arduino project to an Attiny85. But for some reason I cannot get an input button to work on the Attiny85? To simply the circuit and to make sure I didnt make a mistake ...
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Finding a small, low-actuation pushbutton

I'm looking for a small kind of pushbutton that I'm not even sure exists. I want it to have these properties: ...
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isolate switches in resistor ladder

I am looking to re-purpose some automotive switches in a project. My goal is to extend or relocate the buttons of a garage door opener to my dash board. The buttons on the dash board have 3 ...
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How do emergency stop buttons work?

When using emergency stop buttons and kill switches, are they designed in such a manner in which their role is more physical, such as interrupting a power supply (apparently in some of the models, ...
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How to get 1-button-press to output 1-“active”-tick according to a clock

Background: I'm a software engineer with only a little knowledge of circuits--all informal--trying to build an 8-bit sum-carry binary calculator from basic logic gates. Question: Are there well-known ...
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Looking for an inexpensive button that can withstand hits from a baseball bat

At work, we're decomissioning a pile of servers. However, they are all virtual, so we can't celebrate office-space style. However, I was thinking - if I could hook up something that acted like a ...
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cooktop touch buttons [duplicate]

How cooktop buttons works? In this picture can see circles (marks) from control board. Here are control board with buttons. If i touch that black "buttons", it is like dish wash sponge. How that ...
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Need help in ID'ing a push button type

Can someone ID thing button for me? I need to replace it and not sure what to buy. It's burned out so i cannot with a meter to figure it out - it's not doing what it's suppose to.
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Switch and Pushbutton Combo

In a circuit I'm designing I want the user to be able to switch the power off and on (with an SPST style switch), as well as depress a push-button (push-to-break) that will temporarily disable the ...
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How can a shift register be used to debounce a switch?

This is the problem: This is the proposed solution: What I don't understand: The button bounces in the setup/hold time of the input of the circuit, making the FF go into a metastable state ...
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Push button switch plus 10 LED's

How to insert a push button switch in this circuit? 6 Volt Power Supply 10 LED's 10 resistors. I can do it with just one resistor and 10 LED's. I have a 6 pin push button switch. Here's my circuit ...
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why and how do I use a capacitor in a switch circuit?

I have seen many designs of switch circuit: I know that a capacitor will help anti-shake but I realy do not know how i can anti-shake. Does it work like a decoupling capacitor or a low-pass RC ...
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Energy efficient one button on/off with extra function

(Old) cellphones have a button to turn it on (when off), end a call (when on, short press) or turn it off (when on, long press). I need something similar for a microcontroller. The device is ...
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Electrical properties of keyboard keys

I'm looking to hack together a keyboard by taking an existing keyboard and connecting it to switches that I'll assemble separately. What I want to know: What should be the electrical properties of ...
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How to wire a Normally Open Button to a BeagleBone Black?

This one should be simple, but I'm fairly new to this. The button has a COM and an NO terminal. Beaglebone pins can only take 6mA, so I don't have much room for error. My question is, how do I wire ...
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What's this button called

Whats the correct name for this button, it's 12mm high measured from the PCB with 6.5mm base. It is flexible in that it can move around in the switch base. The button is used on an instrument panel ...
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Is it possible to use just a capacitor to debounce a button?

I have been wondering: why cannot you just hook up a capacitor to a button to debounce it? I have been figuring out how to reduce the work my microprocessor has to do, but I have very limited space on ...
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How do these modern power buttons on devices work

In the older days and still now we have buttons where one way is off and the other way is on, its mechanically built to connect or disconnect an electric path physically. On modern devices like ...
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Why the Locking Buttons? (Project for blind user)

I was trying to build this: http://www.shaungehring.com/2013/01/03/raspberry-pi-project-1-pandora-streamer/ for a blind user. The large buttons are a key aspect for this target user. But, I've noticed ...
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Sending data through the iphone headphone jack

I recently bought a TRRS Pigtail on sparkfun and I want to have two buttons attached to one end of the cord and another end connected to the iphone in the headphone jack. I would like to be able to ...
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Connecting push button to a controller pin

This problem is decades old but I do not see a direct answer to it on this site. I want the following: This circuit just allows to check the state of the button from inside the micro-controller. ...
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Robotic button pusher [closed]

I purchased a Gigapan Epic Pro a while back (www.gigapan.com). I love this device but I would like to be able to access the buttons on it, from a distance. (I want to mount the unit on top of a ...