[Noisebridge-discuss] Step-on buttons

David Kelso david at kelso.id.au
Tue Jan 18 18:37:04 PST 2011


Yes, sorry, I should have been more specific.

I'm trying to make a big grid of buttons that you could stand on to
sequence music. Each button would be separated by a few feet, so those
dance pads aren't quite the right analogy. However I would definitely
be interested in hearing about how they work internally. Light up
would be great, or some sort of feedback, so that users would know
when they're standing on it correctly.

Budget is as cheap as possible while still being reliable - I'm trying
to spec out the costs for a couple potential projects, and deciding
which I should be going with. Quantity wise, it would be a grid with a
multiple of 8 buttons. So somewhere between 32 and 64 buttons.

I'm liking the sound of an optical switch with a spring loaded perspex
platform. Sounds like it would be durable and easy to light up. Thanks
for the suggestion Taylor.

On Tue, Jan 18, 2011 at 6:20 PM, Reed Kennedy <reed at flatrabbit.org> wrote:
> David,
>
> If you really want to know more about DDI's pads, I can fill you in.
> Or you can just come look at 'em.
>
> Could you tell me more about what you're trying to accomplish? How
> many buttons? What's your budget? Etc...
>
> Reed
>
> On Tue, Jan 18, 2011 at 4:59 PM, Taylor Alexander <tlalexander at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I know the people that did DDI basically had to make their own
>> buttons, and even then I think they wore out (though I'm really not
>> sure, its been like 2 years since I had a 5 minute convo about those
>> buttons with someone).
>>
>> I always figured that you could make them optical - make them spring
>> loaded, and have them break a beam of light going to a photo
>> interrupter when they get stepped on - so nothing mechanical gets any
>> unnecessary stress on it. That should last forever.
>>
>> But I'm sure someone knows an easier solution.
>>
>> -Taylor
>>
>>
>>
>> On Tue, Jan 18, 2011 at 3:54 PM, David Kelso <david at kelso.id.au> wrote:
>>> Hey all
>>>
>>> I'm looking for some large buttons that would activate when you stand
>>> on them. Preferably heavy duty enough to survive burning man. Would be
>>> great if they lit up too. Does anyone know where to buy such things?
>>> Or even what I should be searching for? If not, any suggestions on how
>>> to build something like that?
>>>
>>> david
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