DirectIN High Speed Button-Box

The DirectIN Button-Box provides accurate response data with unsurpassed speed. Attractive and easy to use, this USB box will get response data to your PC or Mac in under a millisecond.

High Performance Made Easy

The The DirectIN High Speed Button-Box v2020 offers researchers a sleek, exceptionally durable and user-friendly method of collecting response data with virtually any software application. The time it takes for a button press to reach your computer is less than 1 millisecond. Whether you are using a Mac or a PC, simply unpack it, plug it in, and you are ready to go. It works with virtually all software because the computer will simply think someone is pressing the keys 1 through 9 on a regular USB keyboard. You can also have professional-looking response labels in no time. Printed labels of any kind can be slipped easily under the clear protective button covers.

Engineering & Materials he DirectIN buttons are beautifully engineered and designed with top of the line input switches. When you press one of these buttons you get a nice tactile feedback and a soft click to know that you have pressed it. The soft click engineering is a great advantage when you have many participants pressing a lot of buttons in the same room. The DirectIN box itself is made from durable cold-rolled steel and finished with a tough white powdercoat--this basically means that it is going to last and look good for a long time.

Features & Notes

  • Responses are delivered to the computer in less than one millisecond.
  • Boxes should operate properly on all computers when connected via USB1 or USB2 on Microsoft Windows (all versions) or Mac Operating System (v10.4 or later).
  • Boxes should work properly with virtually all software as they will appear to the computer as regular keyboards. 
  • Button caps have a clear outer shell which can be easily removed in order to place printed response labels underneath.
  • Please allow up to 2-3 weeks for standard configurations, especially for large orders.
  • Boxes typically ship via UPS ground. An estimated shipping cost will be added to the invoice.
  • Academic and non-profit institutions are typically tax-exempt.
  • Payment for hardware needs to be received before we can assemble and ship the units.
  • CustCustom button layouts using from 1-12 buttons are available for button boxes at an additional cost of $495 per unit.
  • Custom colours are available for button boxes at an additional cost of $50 per unit. DireDirectIN PCB v2020 Button Boxes come with a full one year parts and service warranty.  

Regular Price: $885/ea>Educational Price: $585/ea 

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Hardware News

April 21st, 2020
DirectIN v2020 hardware is now available! Read more

March 21st, 2020
DirectIN v2020 hardware updated to be fully compatible with Windows 10 and Mac OS! Read more

April 21st, 2016
DirectIN v2016 hardware is now available! Read more

February 21st, 2014
Official release of our brand new Rotary Controller. Gather continuous dial and dichotomous button input in one simple unit! Read more

Feb 18, 2014
DirectIN v2014 hardware is now available! Fully compatible with all versions of Windows and OS X. Read more

January 1st, 2012
DirectIN v2012 button boxes and keyboards are ready and better than ever! Now with remote firmware updates! Read more

September 1st, 2010
Re-release of our sleek new DirectIN button boxes. Streamlined production and reduced lead time. Same super-fast circuitry and great looks! Read more

March 1st, 2005
Empirisoft releases the first circuit board that can be implanted in a standard keyboard to make it millisecond accurate. Read more

February 12, 2005
DirectIN surgery -- designing top quality keyboards with millisecond accuracy.

January 16, 2005
Release of the DirectIN Custom Response Box System., the first high-precision, plug and play box that allows you to switch button layouts.

October 24, 2004
Empirisoft hires engineering genius John Chapman to head its new hardware division.

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