For part two of the Dial-A-Song project, I’m going to go through the hookup of the phone’s keypad so that it can act as an input to the Raspberry Pi.
The first thing to do was remove the short ribbon cable that came on the keypad and replace it with something a little longer so I could more easily hook it up to the Pi. Here’s the old ribbon cable:
And now with the new, more colorful, cable:
On the other end, I attached a 2×5 IDC female header (I didn’t have a 2×4, so there’s a couple wasted pins). This is what will eventually connect to the Pi interface board I’ll create, but for now I mocked up a breakout board (the green perf-board) so I could connect it to a breadboard along with Adafruit’s great “Cobbler” kit.
The keypad’s internal wiring is setup as shown below (which the red wire being pin 1 and increasing to the left, from the image above):
5 6 7 4|1|2|3| 3|4|5|6| 2|7|8|9| 1|*|0|#|
Most matrix keypads are very similar so, the keypad pins should be connected to the Raspberry Pi GPIO as follows:
Pad | Pi ________ 1 - 25 2 - 24 3 - 23 4 - 18 5 - 22 6 - 17 7 - 4
Now for the software. Originally, I was going to use a library designed for specifically this purpose. It did exactly what it said it would with the exception that it uses polling to detect the keypads. This works, but required a significant amount of the CPU resources to get any decent response time. Often around 80%. This was not acceptable.
So, I decided to try converting the library to use the interrupt capability of the RPi.GPIO library that comes pre-installed on Raspbian. It took a little fiddling because the Pi GPIO pins are really susceptible to noise making button debouncing a real issue. But in the end, it works quite well:
#!/usr/bin/python import RPi.GPIO as GPIO import time class keypad(): def __init__(self, callback): GPIO.setmode(GPIO.BCM) self._count = 0 self._inInterrupt = False self._callback = callback # CONSTANTS self.KEYPAD = [ [1,2,3], [4,5,6], [7,8,9], ["*",0,"#"] ] #hook the rows (1,4,7,*) to these GPIO pins self.ROW = [18,23,24,25] #hook the columns (1,2,3) to these GPIO pins self.COLUMN = [4,17,22] self.__setInterruptMode() def __colInt(self, channel): time.sleep(0.05) #give it a moment to settle if GPIO.input(channel) > 0: return #remove interrupts temporarily for c in range(len(self.COLUMN)): GPIO.remove_event_detect(self.COLUMN) #get column number colVal = -1 for c in range(len(self.COLUMN)): if channel == self.COLUMN: colVal = c #continue if valid column (it should always be) if colVal >=0 and colVal < len(self.COLUMN): #set rows as intputs for r in range(len(self.ROW)): GPIO.setup(self.ROW[r], GPIO.IN, pull_up_down=GPIO.PUD_UP) #set triggered column as low output GPIO.setup(channel, GPIO.OUT, initial=GPIO.LOW) # Scan rows for pushed key/button rowVal = -1 for r in range(len(self.ROW)): tmpRead = GPIO.input(self.ROW[r]) if tmpRead == 0: rowVal = r break #continue if row is valid (possible that it might not be if the key was very quickly released) if rowVal >= 0 and rowVal < len(self.ROW): #send key info right away self._callback(self.KEYPAD[rowVal][colVal]) #This avoids nasty boucning errors when the key is released #By waiting for the rising edge before re-enabling interrupts it #avoids interrupts fired due to bouncing on key release and #any repeated interrupts that would otherwise fire. try: GPIO.wait_for_edge(self.ROW[rowVal], GPIO.RISING) self.__setInterruptMode() except RuntimeError: pass return else: print "Invalid Row!" else: print "Invalid Col!" #re-enable interrupts self.__setInterruptMode() def __changeWrapper(self, channel): #if there is already another interrupt going on (multiple key press or something) #return right away to avoid collisions if self._inInterrupt: return; self._inInterrupt = True self.__colInt(channel) #handle the actual interrupt self._inInterrupt = False def __setInterruptMode(self): #set the first row as output low #only first one needed as it will ground to all columns for r in range(len(self.ROW)): GPIO.setup(self.ROW[r], GPIO.OUT, initial=GPIO.LOW) #set columns as inputs and attach interrupt handlers on rising edge for c in range(len(self.COLUMN)): GPIO.setup(self.COLUMN, GPIO.IN, pull_up_down=GPIO.PUD_UP) GPIO.add_event_detect(self.COLUMN, GPIO.FALLING, bouncetime=250, callback=self.__changeWrapper) def cleanup(self): GPIO.cleanup() print "Cleanup done!"
It's super simple to use as you can see from the code below. Instantiate the class with a callback function and that function gets called when there's a keypress on the pad. Just note that the callback will be running on the context of a different thread from the main thread. While it uses interrupts, RPi.GPIO cheats a little bit and the interrupts are actually running on background threads and so will the callback. Not usually a big problem but something to be aware of.
import time if __name__ == '__main__': def keypadCallback(value): print "Keypad: " + value key = keypad(keypadCallback) try: while True: time.sleep(1) except KeyboardInterrupt: key.cleanup()
You can grab the full library and find any updates to it on GitHub.
That's all for now. Check back soon for more progress on Dial-A-Song!