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05-16-2007, 10:10 PM
I've been tasked with building a quiz show style buzzer system, and am thinking of doing to by connecting push button switches to the digital inputs of a 0/16/16, and writing software to handle buzzer order and host reset.

My questions are:
Is this reasonable?
Is there a recommendation between using momentary contact versus push button switches? I don't really care how long the button is pushed for, but want to make sure that the momentary contact lasts long enough that it is detected by the 0/16/16.
What is a good way to go about supplying the voltage necessary to trigger the inputs? I'm much more of a software guy than a hardware guy, so any help I can get in this part will help prevent me from doing it the wrong way. :)

Thanks in advance!

05-17-2007, 12:16 PM
Hi Larsu, and welcome to the community!

I think hooking up momentary buttons to the digital inputs on the 0/16/16 is perfect for the job! I think you may be impressed at how responsive the 0/16/16 will be at detecting the contact. I mean it's obviously not real time or anything, but I think it's well sufficient enough for a project like this:)

As far as voltage, check out the 0/16/16 manual (http://www.phidgets.com/documentation/1012.pdf) on page 4 and you'll see the diagram that explains how to hook up the switches with voltage. I'd just use a 9V battery or something and wire it all up so that all the switches share the same battery source.

05-17-2007, 07:26 PM
Thanks for your help. I've got the supplying voltage thing figured out now. I'll create a tutorial for it as I build it, and post the link once it's done.

Thanks again.

05-21-2007, 11:47 AM
Awesome! Can't wait to check it out:)

07-01-2007, 11:35 AM
As promised, here is my write-up (http://larsu.dyndns.org/%7Erfox/hj/). While all the software is still being worked on, all the initial testing has been very successful. The 125Hz is indeed quite responsive.


07-02-2007, 09:29 AM
Awesome writeup larsu! Thank you for sharing, I can't wait to see it in action:)

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