Boss Dialing Button
Based on The Awesome Button, Les made a one step boss dialer by hooking an emergency button into his employer’s IP telephone system. Inside the button is a Teensy board, which connects to his computer via USB. A C# app on his computer listens for the pause/break key from the Teensy and makes an HTTP request to the telephone gateway to connect his desk phone to his boss’s cell phone. You can check out the video demo to see it in action and review the source code on his blog. I really like this project, but I’m curious to know how his boss feels about being one button press away from a phone call from Les! [via Hack A Day]

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Matt Richardson

Matt Richardson

Matt Richardson is a San Francisco-based creative technologist and Contributing Editor at MAKE. He’s the co-author of Getting Started with Raspberry Pi and the author of Getting Started with BeagleBone.


  • http://twitter.com/kompani101 Kompani

    On my desk phone I have buttons called ‘speed dial’ that do this exact task or am I missing the point.

    • http://mattrichardson.com/ Matt Richardson

      I liked that it was a big red emergency button and how Les used his IP phone gateway’s API to do what he wanted. The result may be a bit simple, but perhaps it could inspire others to use this method to try something more advanced.

  • http://twitter.com/kompani101 Kompani

    On my desk phone I have buttons called ‘speed dial’ that do this exact task or am I missing the point.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nathan-Koch/750302247 Nathan Koch

    I’m a teacher and need one of these on my desk. When students whine I’ll tell them to hit the button to call someone who cares. It’ll just be a button though – it won’t actually do anything.

  • http://twitter.com/LesClay Les Clay

    One of our relatively rare namesakes has done us proud.

  • http://twitter.com/LesClay Les Clay

    One of our relatively rare namesakes has done us proud.

  • http://www.jerseymall.org jerseymall
  • Ron Hughes

    I don’t know if you or anyone out there is interested but, I’m an inventor that has been done as dirty as it comes often. I fixed Toyota’s acceleration problem and then I was fired because I asked to be compensated. Iv’e had many things I’ve created stolen from me. In this world it takes money to make money. Any advice how a poor man can get ahead?