Bluefruit "BlueFoot" Wireless Foot Switch Datasheet by Adafruit Industries LLC

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Bluefruit "BlueFoot" Wireless Foot Switch
Created by Bill Earl
Last updated on 2018-08-22 03:39:32 PM UTC
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Guide Contents
Guide Contents
Overview and Materials
Materials:
Wiring and Assembly
Foot switch Disassembly:
Wiring it up:
Final Assembly:
Use it!
Pairing with your computer:
Basic scrolling:
Customize it!
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Overview and Materials
This is a quick and easy project that will be speed your work on future projects. By combining an Adafruit BlueFruit EZ-
Key with a foot switch, we end up with a wireless, hands-free scroll button. No need to put down that hot iron to see
the next step in the tutorial. Just give the pedal a tap with your foot to scroll down the page.
Works with any operating system (Mac, Windows, Linux), tablet or phone (including iOS & Android)!
Would you rather have it jump to the next page instead of scroll? No problem. The BlueFoot can be configured to send
any keycode you want. Program as many as 12 keycodes into the EZ-Key and use a jumper to quickly switch between
them.
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Materials:
Adafruit BlueFruit EZ-Key (http://adafru.it/1535)
Foot Switch (http://adafru.it/423)
3xAAA Battery Holder with Switch (http://adafru.it/727)
Female/Female jumper wires (http://adafru.it/266)
Right Angle Headers (http://adafru.it/1540)
Double Sided Foam Tape
Thin rigid plastic sheet - cut to 1 3/4" x 2 3/4".
(The prototype is built with 2mm styrene sheet (Plastruct #91106),
but any thin rigid material will work.)
Rubber bumper feet (http://adafru.it/550) (Optional)
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Wiring and Assembly
Foot switch Disassembly:
The footswitch comes with a nice long flexible 3-conductor cable. But who wants a long wire on a wireless switch? So
we'll start by cracking open the foot switch and removing the cable. You can put it in your spare parts bin to save for
some other project.
Remove the two screws from the bottom of the foot
switch. Remove the bottom plate - being careful to keep
the bottom of the switch facing up.
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Locate and remove the small locking-pin near the front
edge of the switch. It should fall out easily when you
turn it over.
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Push on the end of the hinge-pin with the tip of the
screwdriver. While squeezing the foot switch, pull the
hinge pin completely out.
Be sure to hold the two halves of the switch together as
you remove the pin so that the spring does not pop out!
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Carefully open the switch and remove the spring.
Remove the cable-clamp and clip the wires to remove
the cable.
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Remove the switch and use a soldering iron to de-solder
the old wires.
Wiring it up:
The switch and the battery get connected by a few short jumpers. We'll add a key-code selection header so that you
can easily reconfigure the switch my moving the jumper.
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We'll use a jumper with a female connector on one end
so that we can select the keycode. We need another
jumper for the ground connection.
Separate two jumper wires from the ribbon. Clip the
connectors from the male end and strip the ends of the
wires.
Solder one wire to the terminal marked "NO" and the
other wire to the terminal marked "C".
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Feed the ends of the jumpers through the cable hole
and re-install the switch.
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Cut a 12-pin section from the right-angle header strip
and solder it to the holes marked 0-11.
Make sure to position the pins so that they angle
toward the center of the EZ-Key!
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Position the EZ-Key on top of the battery holder as
shown. Measure and cut the wires so they are just long
enough to reach the Vin and Gnd holes on the board.
Strip the wires and solder them to the Vin and Gnd
holes.
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Solder one of the wires from the switch to one of the
other Gnd holes, and clip the soldered wires close to
the board.
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Position the spring between the two halves of the foot
switch.
Press down on the top half of the switch to align the
holes and insert the hinge pin. Make sure that the notch
in the hinge pin is positioned to line up with the small
locking pin you removed earlier.
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Re-install the locking pin and replace the bottom cover.
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Final Assembly:
Now we'll put the foot switch back together and package the whole thing up into a nice compact unit.
Cut a piece of double-sided foam tape about as wide as
the plastic plate (1 3/4") and stick to one end of the
plate.
Remove the backing and attach the battery box.
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Cut another piece of tape and attach to the other end of
the plastic plate.
Position the plastic plate over the bottom of the switch
and press firmly.
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Cut another piece of tape to fit on the bottom side of the
EZ-Key. Mount the EZ-Key to the top of the battery box.
Keep to the left so you don't cover the ON/OFF switch.
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Connect the jumper to pin #1 of the right-angle header.
And you are ready to go!
(Optional step) - If you will be using this on a slippery
surface, you may want to add some rubber bumper feet
to the bottom of the plastic plate.
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Use it!
Pairing with your computer:
Before you can use your BlueFoot, you will need to pair the EZ-Key to your computer. Follow the instructions in the
BlueFruit EZ-Key Guide (https://adafru.it/cRf) for pairing.
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https://adafru.it/cRf
Basic scrolling:
Make sure that the jumper is positioned on pin #1 of the EZ-Key. This will configure the EZ-Key to transmit the Down
Arrow key code every time you step on the switch. Browse to your favorite DIY electronics
website (https://adafru.it/aK1) and start building with both hands. See how easy it is to scroll through the tutorials while
you solder away.
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You can move the jumper to different pins to select different key-codes. The EZ-Key comes from the Adafruit Factory
with the following key codes pre-programmed:
#0 - Up Arrow
#1 - Down Arrow
#2 - Left Arrow
#3 - Right Arrow
#4 - Return
#5 - Space
#6 - the number '1'
#7 - the number '2'
#8 - lowercase 'w'
#9 - lowercase 'a'
#10 - lowercase 's'
#11 - lowercase 'd'
Customize it!
Would you rather go page-by-page instead of scrolling? You can customize the EZ-Key key-codes to any keyboard key
you like. You can program up to 12 keycodes - for pins #0 through #11 - and switch between them using the jumper.
Refer to the EZ-Key Guide (https://adafru.it/cRh) for instructions on re-mapping the key-codes.
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