The projects featured below show various DIY buzzer systems. These are all compatible with Game Show Presenter software, which uses a simple number signal from the buzzer to identify who is buzzing in. (Example: Player 4's buzzer sends a "4" to Game Show Presenter on the computer, the same as if you typed "4" on the keyboard. Note: For a 10 player system, use the "0" key for Player 10.) The free trial version is fully functional and does not expire..
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Wireless, two buzzer system for under $50
Firefighter Tito Burgos wanted a fun way to do safety training... "I was looking online for a buzz in system and they were pretty costly. I am pretty handy with tools and electronics, so I set out to come up with something. After buying all kinds of misc. things on Ebay, this is my final project (shown in the photo at left). All the buttons can be Found on Ebay just look up arcade buttons. The white box also found on Ebay by looking up project plastic boxes. The Gray boxes I got at Lowes.
"The main button box has the guts from a mini usb keyboard that I soldered the buttons onto. The advantages of that approach is it's rechargeable and it makes your box "Bluetooth" and plug and play. The players' buttons use a led light controller that can also be found on ebay for around $10 per button and the receivers are mounted in the white box. For less than $50 you can have a two button buzz-in system. When you tell people it's Bluetooth and plug in play, they are really impressed even though that happened by accident. Good Luck!"
Handheld, wired buzzers for $50 all in
Todd Smith built this set of six buzzers for about $50. He says, "My switches are hand-held, and simply 4 inch long, 3/4" diameter PVC pipe sections, with push buttons installed in one end. They aren't particularly pretty, but they are very durable. I disassembled a USB keyboard, traced back and located the pins to the keyboard's controller PC board that activated key presses 1 through 6, transplanted the controller PC board to a plastic case, and wired it all up. It works like a charm with your software (Game Show Presenter)."
Quizmaster has the answer to buzzers
Blair Hollands, a professional quizmaster and Game Show Presenter user, created his own wireless buzzer system to use in his pub trivia presentations. The buzzer buttons (shown here in the carrying case) can be placed on tables in a pub or event room, then teams of players buzz-in if they think they know the answer to a question. The wireless buttons send number keystrokes 1 through 6 to the 6 wireless USB receivers plugged into the USB hub. The hub connects to the laptop enabling buzzers to communicate directly with Game Show Presenter. This is one of the most professional-looking DIY buzzer systems we've seen!
Easy Buttons ease the way into DIY buzzers
This tutorial by Gerald Auguste walks you through the steps to turn some Staple's "Easy Buttons" into a DIY game show system!
The Staple's "Easy Button" has pretty rugged construction and the cost is under $5 each, so it's an ideal starting point for a low-cost DIY system.
The materials for this ten buzzer system came to $123.78. (Materials for a 3 buzzer system would cost about half that.)