See it in action! https://twitter.com/ecken/status/1136711911196827649
Ever wonder what it's like to control things with a crank? This project explores the use of a crank mechanism that attaches to a rotary encoder. With the Adafruit ItsyBitsy M0 and CircuitPython, we can simulate a USB Human Interface Device (HID) device (like computer keyboards, mice, and gamepads) to trigger commands, macros and key presses. This idea was inspired by the Play Date device (https://play.date/) by Panic.
Adafruit ItsyBitsy M0
USB microB Cable – Fully reversible
10-wire silicone cover ribbon cable
3D Printer – Inventor II
Filament for 3D Printers
The rotary encode simulates key presses each time a pulse is produced. By turning the encoder, rapid key presses are generated – This is similar to the "Turbo" button prominently featured on USB gamepads. We've come up with some use cases for this.
Turn up/down volume or screen brightness
Play MakeCode Arcade games
Rotate 3D models in CURA Slicer
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