How-To: Push your Twine’s Buttons
Confession: I’ve been spending a lot of time on Pinterest. There are A LOT of buttons on pinterest. This button though, it’s far superior to Pinterest buttons.
Want to turn your Twine into an Internet-connected button via your breakout board? We’ve got instructions for an easy button, and an Easy Button.
To start off, do some background reading about your breakout board.
For the easy button:
You’ll need: a Twine, breakout board, and a push button. (I used part number 275-0011 from RadioShack; the one in the link is similar, but not an exact match).
1. You’ll want to attach wires to the leads on your button. I had them soldered on (thanks David!), but you could also use conductive thread.
2. Stick the wires into the GND and IN terminals on your breakout board. If the white levers pop off, don’t worry! They’re easy to pop back on.
3.Connect your breakout board to your Twine. Need a longer cable? We’ve got 10 footers. Here’s how it should look when it’s all connected:
4. Setup a rule on your Twine to tell you when your button is pushed. When you push the button, the circuit will be closed, so your rule should be set up for when the breakout board reads closed. Like this:
If you have button-happy friends/enemies you can increase the untrigger value under “Options”, so you won’t get as many notifications. I didn’t set an untrigger value, because I like it when my Twine complements me.
5. Push your button!
You wouldn’t want your button to be naked! Put it in a box and hide your Twine inside, or fit it inside a piece of pipe! Other ideas? Share in the Community.
Now, for the (inappropriately named) Easy Button!
You’ll need: Twine, a breakout board, soldering equipment/wire, and an Easy Button.
Caveat: The Easy Button circuitry has changed over time. Your Easy Button may not work the same as ours.
1. Take the rubber pads off the bottom of your Easy Button, and unscrew the screws underneath them. Set these aside, but don’t lose them!
2. Disassemble the Easy Button.
3. Find an electrical engineer. Hand him your easy button, and trust that he’ll get it working. Congratulations, you can skip to step 9.
4. If no electrical engineer is available, scratch off the traces as shown in the picture here with an X-Acto knife. This will isolate the button from the rest of the circuitry.
6. Solder wires on the pads as shown here:
6. Drill a hole in the side of the grey outer ring to feed the wires through.
7. Feed the wires through the hole and reassemble your Easy Button.
8. Attach the wires to GND and IN terminals on your breakout board.
9. Make a rule, like above!
10. Push ALL the buttons.
What would you use an Internet button for? Any other ideas for using the breakout board? Share in the Twine Community.