Chapter 12. Digital Inputs
In this chapter, we look at recipes for using digital components such as switches and keypads. This chapter also covers modules that have a digital output that can be connected to a Raspberry Pi general-purpose input/output (GPIO) acting as an input.
Many of the recipes require the use of a solderless breadboard and jumper wires (see Recipe 9.8).
12.1 Connecting a Push Switch
You want to connect a switch to your Raspberry Pi so that when you press it, some Python code is run.
Connect a switch to a GPIO pin and use the
gpiozero library in your Python program to detect the button press.
To make this recipe, you will need the following:
Breadboard and jumper wires (see “Prototyping Equipment and Kits”)
Tactile push switch (see “Miscellaneous”)
Figure 12-1 shows how to connect a tactile push switch using a breadboard and jumper wires.
An alternative to using a breadboard and tactile switch is to use a Squid Button (Figure 12-2). This is a push switch with female header leads soldered to the end, which you can directly connect to the GPIO connector (Recipe 9.11).
Open an editor and paste in the following code (ch_12_switch.py ...