August 27, 2012

How fast can you press a button?

 Video game enthusiast Bryant Davis was interested in how fast he could press a button - a skill useful for playing various games and testing the build quality of arcade games. So he made a simple device using arcade-quality buttons and an Arduino to measure just that. The sketch is quite simple and doesn't use delay functions in order not to miss any rapid keypresses. The entire unit has been mounted in a large box suitable for taking a thrashing:

To get started with your own version, head over to Bryant's blog for code, notes and some interesting history. And we're on twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well.

If you're new to Arduino, the first step is a solid board for your projects - our Freetronics Eleven - the Arduino-Uno compatible with low-profile USB socket, onboard prototyping space and easy to view LEDs:

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