Button Board: Taking the Pain Out of Prototyping Electronics
The Button Board makes adding push buttons to electronics projects a breeze by eliminating headaches and adding useful functionality.
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.
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
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.
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.
There are two LEDs on the board. The first lights up when the board receives power. The second LED lights up every time a button is pressed. I know the frustration of forgetting to power on a board or wire up a button. This is just another little feature to keep your sanity.
Button Board V1.0 versus V1.1
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 will fix the issues found in V1.0 as well as implement larger push buttons and an indicator light for when buttons are pressed.
What's included with each Button Board?
We include everything to get your board up and running. (Arduino, Raspberry Pi, etc is not included)
For a full list see below:
- 1x Button Board V1.1
- 12x Large Push Buttons
- 12x Push Button Caps of varying colors
- 2x Green LEDs
- 14x Jumper Wires
- 12x 10K Ohm Resistors
- 2x 220 Ohm Resistors
- 50x White Stickers
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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