Adafruit’s MacroPad was designed as the ultimate keyboard accessory — whether for application hotkeys or making music or other computer-like duties.

One thing that really sets MacroPad apart from similar devices is that it’s not simply a small keyboard…it’s a whole development board running CircuitPython. Very handy for computer-connected tasks, certainly, but nothing actually demands that. What else could one do with this? How about a trinary handheld calculator? Attach a USB battery and make it portable. Make a Quantum Leap Handlink cosplay accessory. Or program some little games.

Let’s try the latter and make a game! Just a simplistic one, but hopefully it plants some good ideas…

  • MacroPad isn’t just a keyboard, it’s fully programmable in CircuitPython.
  • It can do more than keyboard macros.
  • It can be made portable with a USB battery.
  • Consider using Macropad sideways or upside-down if your project calls for it. There is no “up” in space!

Parts

Video of a hand playing with a rainbow-glowing keypad.
Strap yourself in, we're launching in T-minus 10 seconds...Destination? A new Class M planet called MACROPAD! M here stands for Microcontroller because this 3x4 keyboard...
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Angled shot of MacroPad
Strap yourself in, we're launching in T-minus 10 seconds...Destination? A new Class M planet called MACROPAD! M here, stands for Microcontroller because this 3x4 keyboard...
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Top view of MacroPad add on pack
Dress up your Adafruit Macropad with PaintYourDragon's fabulous decorative silkscreen enclosure and hardware kit. You get the two custom PCBs that are cut to act as a protective...
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Top shot of 12 pack Red Kailh Mechanical Key Switches
For crafting your very own custom keyboard, these Kailh Red Linear mechanical key switches are deeee-luxe! With smooth actuation and Cherry MX compatibility,...
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Group shot of Clear DSA Keycaps for MX Compatible Switches - 12 pack
Here is a 12 pack of Clear DSA keycaps for your next mechanical keyboard or 
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This guide was first published on Aug 04, 2021. It was last updated on 2021-08-04 11:50:59 -0400.

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