This might be more in the "hobby electronics" category, but I'm wondering if anybody knows of a potential product or component that might work here:
I'm looking for a push button that I can fairly easily connect to a computer that can serve these functions:
- Connect to the computer via some kind of standard interface (USB?)
- Programmable API, driver or software to configure what happens when the button is pushed (e.g. execute a program?)
- Programmable API, driver or software to configure when the switch is and is not illuminated (e.g. a program can send a "command" to the button to illuminate or not)
I know this is a pretty "generic" device... probably something closer to what Sparkfun or some other hobby electronics place would sell.
There's lots of pushbuttons out there, even illuminated pushbuttons, but making them talk to the COMPUTER without getting elbows deep into an Arduino or something is what I'm having trouble with.