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Programmable Big Red Button?
April 14, 2012 10:30 PM   Subscribe

Where can I get a programmable "big red button?"

Something like the Easy button from Staples, but one I could load a sound file into. I've seen bunches on Amazon that are hardwired for different sounds, but no programmable ones.

I know I could hack one together with Radio Shack parts. But surely someone already makes one?
posted by Marky to Shopping (10 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
 
The ones you're finding may not have an obvious way to reprogram them, but it may be possible to hack them. I had access to a "Yahoo" button and was able to reprogram it with minimal effort (not my site).
posted by roue at 10:55 PM on April 14, 2012


Two alternatives:

1. Get a DJ-oriented sampler like the Yamaha SU10, record your audio into it, and go. You will need separate speakers.

2. Get cheap MP3 player and load your one sound onto it. Press play to play it. Also requires separate speakers.

Either of these solutions will provide much higher quality audio than with the Radio Shack sampler chips.

If size is no issue, there was a Yamaha home keyboard called the "DJX" that has a fairly decent but minimal built in sampler. You can often get those on Craigslist for under $50. It is 61 keys wide though.
posted by b1tr0t at 11:48 PM on April 14, 2012


Programmable up to 30 seconds.
posted by the Real Dan at 11:53 PM on April 14, 2012


Google Big Mack Switch - it's exactly what you're thinking of. They're meant to record by being spoken into, so the sound quality might not be the best if you want to music or something. But they're definitely a big colorful programmable button.
posted by christinetheslp at 12:28 AM on April 15, 2012


Try this?
posted by ersatzkat at 7:25 AM on April 15, 2012


That Big Mack switch is exactly what I need… but $200

I see a trip to Staples/Radio Shack in my future…
posted by Marky at 8:18 AM on April 15, 2012


Could look into arduino switches, also.
posted by empath at 9:07 AM on April 15, 2012


A friend of mine cut apart an Easy Button for exactly this purpose and installed, I think, this. It takes a little customization and some soldering to make it all work, but it's cheap.
posted by aloiv2 at 9:40 AM on April 15, 2012


I don't know how big these are or what size you're looking for, but you might want to search online for "switch" "AAC" "speech therapy" and/or "button" to get some programmable buttons that might fit your needs.

For example Learning Resources might have some that would fit the bill.
posted by absquatulate at 2:49 PM on April 15, 2012


Depending how handy you are you could get one of those Hallmark cards that you can record a message to and take the guts and put it inside an easy button.
posted by jmsta at 8:52 AM on April 16, 2012


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