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.
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.
The LED indicates when the board is powered on. Just another little feature to keep your sanity.
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About Painless Prototyping
In my opinion, one of the worst parts about breadboarding is setting up difficult components such as push buttons. They require a whole lot of wiring, multiply that by several buttons, and there are going to be issues. I wanted a way to simplify the process of setting up buttons so that I could focus on the more exciting aspects of bringing an idea to life. I realized that others might benefit from my idea and thus, Painless Prototyping was born.
About Travis Bumgarner
At some point or another, I have been, still am, or will be interested in just about everything related to engineering and topics beyond as well. As an undergrad, I studied mechanical engineering and both of my internships focused on mechanical design engineering.
After graduating, I joined the Peace Corps where I served as a civil engineer for two years. Due to a lack of steady internet access and electricity during my service, I dedicated my free time to exploring many hobbies and eventually discovering my passion for photography. After moving from my rural community to a regional capital for my last six months, I dedicated a large portion of my time to learning web development and to a lesser extent web design.
Since returning from the Peace Corps, I have continued my pursuit of knowledge related to web development, learning about everything from CSS on the front-end to Flask on the back-end. Furthermore, with regained internet access I was able to finally explore the Arduino and Raspberry Pi in depth. So much so, that I now teach an Introduction to Arduino class at the Cambridge Hackspace and have founded an electrical engineering startup focused on tools for these two devices. The hackspace has also offered me a great place to explore woodworking, laser cutting, and 3D printing.