There's no extra hardware needed to work with the NeoKey Trinkey, which makes getting started with it quick.

Required Libraries

You'll need three libraries to use the features of the NeoKey Trinkey.

In the Arduino library manager, search for NeoPixel and install Adafruit NeoPixel (double check the name!).

Next, search for FreeTouch and install Adafruit FreeTouch Library.

Finally, install the HID-Project library by NicoHood.

Example Code

#include <Adafruit_NeoPixel.h>
#include "Adafruit_FreeTouch.h"
#include "HID-Project.h"  //

// Create the neopixel strip with the built in definitions NUM_NEOPIXEL and PIN_NEOPIXEL
Adafruit_NeoPixel strip = Adafruit_NeoPixel(NUM_NEOPIXEL, PIN_NEOPIXEL, NEO_GRB + NEO_KHZ800);

// Create the touch pad
Adafruit_FreeTouch qt = Adafruit_FreeTouch(PIN_TOUCH, OVERSAMPLE_4, RESISTOR_50K, FREQ_MODE_NONE);

int16_t neo_brightness = 20; // initialize with 20 brightness (out of 255)

bool last_switch = true;

void setup() {
  //while (!Serial);
  strip.setBrightness(neo_brightness);; // Initialize all pixels to 'off'

  if (! qt.begin())
    Serial.println("Failed to begin qt");


  // Sends a clean report to the host. This is important on any Arduino type.

uint8_t j=0;
void loop() {
  // measure the captouches
  uint16_t touch = qt.measure();
  // don't print touch data constantly, only every 10 runs
  if (j % 10 == 0) {
    Serial.print("Touch: "); Serial.println(touch);

  // If the pad is touched, turn on neopix!
  if (touch > 500) {
  } else {

  // check mechswitch
  bool curr_switch = digitalRead(PIN_SWITCH);
  if (curr_switch != last_switch) {
    if (curr_switch) {
    } else {
    last_switch = curr_switch;

  // cycles of all colors on wheel, only visible if cap it touched
  strip.setPixelColor(0, Wheel(j++));;


// Input a value 0 to 255 to get a color value.
// The colours are a transition r - g - b - back to r.
uint32_t Wheel(byte WheelPos) {
  if(WheelPos < 85) {
   return strip.Color(WheelPos * 3, 255 - WheelPos * 3, 0);
  } else if(WheelPos < 170) {
   WheelPos -= 85;
   return strip.Color(255 - WheelPos * 3, 0, WheelPos * 3);
  } else {
   WheelPos -= 170;
   return strip.Color(0, WheelPos * 3, 255 - WheelPos * 3);

We pre-define two constants, PIN_NEOPIXEL and NUM_NEOPIXEL so you don't have to remember the NeoPixel pin or the quantity of pixels.

For the capacitive touch pads, you can call .measure() on the touch object to get a quantity-count reading. We find 500 to be a good threshold to determine whether its touched or not!

If you touch the touch pad, it cycles the LED through the rainbow. The LED is only lit up when the pad is touched!

When the key on the NeoKey Trinkey is pressed, it sends the play/pause command, which should play or pause the media player on your computer.

That's all there is to using the capacitive touch pad and the key switch on your NeoKey Trinkey with Arduino!

This guide was first published on May 26, 2021. It was last updated on May 26, 2021.

This page (Arduino HID and Cap Touch) was last updated on May 21, 2021.

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