I want to be able to talk to my computer hardware-wise. What I mean with this is that I want to have a simple pushbutton which I can connect (maybe through arduino) to my windows pc and then make an event happen in another program or software. For instance excel.
What I specifically want is a (push)button which I can press. When the button is pressed, I need an action/event to happen on other software on my computer. To be specific: Excel. I know I can talk to my computer with my arduino via the serial port. But is there a way to export the information from the serial port to the computer and use it there. Another option might be I2C?
Is there any way this can be done with sheer simplicity or in a medium simple way atleast? Any ideas, experiences, opensource hard/software etc. are very welcome. Any questions ofcourse aswell!
For anyone who wants to go to the effort of replying or helping me out in general: Thank you so much in advance!
I'm really looking forward to hearing from you guys!
Kai van Veldhoven