DIY Photo Booth Features Custom Single-Purpose Button

By Jason Fitzpatrick on May 31st, 2011

What do you do if you need users to be able to press a keyboard button but you don’t want then roughing up the keyboard or accessing any other buttons? Build a custom and durable single-use button.

Over at Rasterweb they wanted to build a simple photo booth setup for an office party. They used a Mac with a web cam and the Adobe Air-based Sparkbooth to power the setup but one thing was missing–a simple trigger. By default the software responds to a tap of the space bar but putting out a keyboard seemed like a recipe for people hitting the wrong keys, knocking the keyboard off the stand, and other undesired outcomes. To remedy the situation they built a sturdy and fool proof button that did one thing and one thing well: send the space bar command to the attached computer.

Hit up the link to see additional photos of their setup and their detailed button build guide.

The Photo Booth [Rasterweb via Make]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 05/31/11
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