A Little Story
It's Tuesday night and Alex just loaded the clothes into the dryer. He's got some downtime until they're finished drying so he decides to work on his electronics project. He pulls his electronics box off the shelf and gets started on wiring up some push buttons, 5 to be exact. 5 buttons require 5 resistors and 12 wires. After wiring up the buttons, he loads some sample code to test them out. They don't work. A long look at the bread board reveals he was one pin off for one of the wires. As he ponders the button layout, he realizes they're not ideally laid out. As he starts to remove the components from the breadboard, the buzzer for the dryer sounds. Back in the box the project goes, to be finished another time. Sound familiar? The little story is just the tip of the iceberg of my frustrations with using push buttons in projects. I decided to build the Button Board to reduce my frustration and stumbled upon a useful circuit board in the process and wanted to share it with others.
So What is the Button Board?
The Button Board eliminates the frustrations of prototyping with buttons completely. Instead of the mess of wires and resistors typically needed, each button requires only a single wire to hook it up to an Arduino, Raspberry Pi, or similar board.
Interchangeable and removable button caps
(Using the Button Board to make a Simon says game with buttons for up, down, left, right, pause, and reset)
All button caps are interchangeable and removable. This means if you only want to keep the button caps connected that you're using, you can do that. Furthermore, the button caps come in a variety of colors. Check out the video at the top of the page for a demonstration.
(Add labels with stickers!)
Every Button Board comes with a pack of white stickers so that you can add symbols, letters, or numbers to remember what the function of each button is.
The LED indicates when the board is powered on. Just another little feature to keep your sanity.
Button Board V1.0 versus V1.1
(V1.1 on the left, V1.0 on the right)
V1.0 was the first iteration of the board I ordered. It was a chance to try out the PCB manufacturer, estimate shipping times, and check for any issues with the board design.
V1.1 fixes the issues found in V1.0 as well as implements larger push buttons with interchangeable caps.
Are you on social media?
Yes! You can check out the Painless Prototyping Instagram here.
What's included with each Button Board?
We include everything to get your board up and running. (Arduino, Raspberry Pi, etc is not included)
What happened to the first Kickstarter campaign?
Long story short, I misunderstood how budgeting works when it comes to Kickstarter. Furthermore, I'm reassessing the goal of this Kickstarter and I have realized it is more about sharing tools with the community to simplify prototyping than about making a profit.
Risks and challenges
I have already ordered and assembled the board and components needed to make an initial prototype and test it. I am confident in my part suppliers and PCB manufacturer. I've spaced out delivery of rewards so that I have enough time to receive, assemble, and test boards.
If parts are lost in the mail, I can readily purchase them from vendors in the US. If the board is lost in the mail, the manufacturer will ship me replacements but that may delay orders.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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