You think it. We'll build it.

Sketch us something or simply tell us what you're trying to do. Our mechanical engineer loves this kind of stuff and will tell you what it will take to make it happen.

Custom Device Gallery

Here are some examples of custom devices we've built lately. We're always happy to modify an existing design and, of course, to create something new from scratch. Drop a note to our head engineer, John Chapman to talk about the cost of parts and labour for your idea. Fax sketches toll free to 800-395-9357, or local/international at 212-203-4887.


This client wanted a multi-function box, complete with buttons, a joystick, and a giant dome switch.  We made it USB and mapped every function to a keyboard stroke for easy programming.   more

Video Text Inserter

Designed for the study of facial expressions, this device superimposes synchronization information on video as it's recorded. more

USB Patriot Box

A simple, rugged button box, the buttons of which can be any color of the rainbow. more

Serial Port Trigger

Trigger simultaneous stimulus presentation on multiple DirectRT or MediaLab computers with this groovy black box. more

Precision Analogue Slider

Precisely capture motion in 1 mm increments using this nifty device! more

Pressure Box

Records the force with which a button is pressed. more

DirectIn Prototype Button Box

This predecessor to the DirectIN Button Box system shows how much fun you can have with button colours. more

DirectIN Button Box with Slider

When buttons alone just aren't enough, we'll combine devices like this button box with an analogue slider. more

The Argonaut

Who says a button box can't be 30" wide and painted with your university colours and logo. more

Vending Machine
Using standard poker chips, this vending machine tracks credits and announces when it's reward time. more

Secret Portal to Project XVH-5000


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.

News Archive

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