Lesson 6: Making Single-Press Buttons


Written by Jonathan Sim

You can find this lesson and more in the Arduino IDE (File -> Examples -> Andee). If you are unable to find them, you will need to install the Andee Library for Arduino IDE.

Works on iOS and Android
In this lesson, I'll show you how to create a single-press button.

Single-press buttons are useful if you wish to prevent accidental repeated button presses

For example, if you wish to create a button to send an SMS, you do not want to accidentally send 5 SMSes if the user accidentally hits the button five times.

Single-press buttons help to prevent these kinds of errors from happening.

== Upgrade to the latest firmware

Annikken Andee for iOS - V2.3 (16 Mar 2016)

Annikken Andee U - V1.4 (16 Mar 2016) ==

This new upgrading will improve the button widget, now you can get you Arduino projects to respond faster when individual button is pressed.

See the difference in responsiveness with this demo Arduino sketch

Download example Here



Top of the Code

Always include these libraries. Annikken Andee needs them to work with the Arduino!

#include <SPI.h>
#include <Andee.h>

// We'll create a display and a button to show you how to
// program a button to do something
AndeeHelper displaybox;
AndeeHelper button;


The setup() function is meant to tell Arduino what to do only when it starts up.

void setup()
  Andee.begin();  // Setup communication between Annikken Andee and Arduino
  Andee.clear();  // Clear the screen of any previous displays
  setInitialData(); // Define object types and their appearance


This is the function meant to define the types and the appearance of all the objects on your smartphone

void setInitialData()
  // Let's draw a display box!
  displaybox.setId(0);  // Each object must have a unique ID number
  displaybox.setType(DATA_OUT);  // This defines your object as a display box
  displaybox.setLocation(0, 0, FULL); 
  displaybox.setTitle("Single Press Buttons"); 
  displaybox.setData("Waiting for button press"); 
  button.setId(1); // Don't forget to assign a unique ID number
  button.setType(BUTTON_IN); // Defines object as a button
  button.setTitle("Press me!");
  // Optional:
  // By default this is already set to true to prevent accidental presses
  // after the first button press.
  // You can't use setData() and setUnit() for buttons.

Here's how you're user interface will look:



Arduino will run instructions here repeatedly until you power it off.

void loop()
  // Here's how you code a single-press button action.
  if( button.isPressed() )
    // Prevents a repeated button press. Button will not be available until Arduino
    // replies the smartphone with an acknowledgement message.
    // Add action here!
    // In this example, pressing the button will change the text in the display box above
    displaybox.setData("Button has been pressed!"); 
  displaybox.update(); // Don't forget to call update() or else your objects won't show up
  delay(500); // Always leave a short delay for Bluetooth communication
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