Overview

Gaming Cranks are the hot rage in handheld input devices right now. Its a great input for games and applications! 

The Adafruit PyGamer is a perfect gaming device to attach a crank as an input device for games and more!

We have a great example in the Cranky Gif player!

In the Cranky Gif player demo, rotating the crank makes a gif image step through each frame of its animation. It brings back the experience of those old school Mutoscope viewers! 

For this project, we designed and 3d printed an articulating hinge crank add-on for rotary encoders.

We designed a case to house the PyGamer with geometry to hold the rotary encoder in place.

You can also add custom NinjaFlex buttons and d-pads to make the buttons feel more grippy and squishy! 

We'll then cover how to modify headers to make connecting to the PyGamer easier! 

You can also use existing Knob parts like our Circuit Python Media Dial!

Parts List

Rotary Encoder + Extras

PRODUCT ID: 377
This rotary encoder is the best of the best, its a high quality 24-pulse encoder, with detents and a nice feel. It is panel mountable for placement in a box, or you can plug it into a...
$4.50
IN STOCK

Adafruit PyGamer for MakeCode Arcade, CircuitPython or Arduino

PRODUCT ID: 4242
What fits in your pocket, is fully Open Source, and can run CircuitPython, MakeCode Arcade or Arduino games you write yourself? That's right, it's the Adafruit...
OUT OF STOCK

Mini Oval Speaker with Short Wires - 8 Ohm 1 Watt

PRODUCT ID: 4227
Hear the good news! This wee speaker is a great addition to any audio project where you need 8 ohm impedance and 1W or less of power. We particularly like...
OUT OF STOCK

Lithium Ion Polymer Battery with Short Cable - 3.7V 350mAh

PRODUCT ID: 4237
Lithium ion polymer (also known as 'lipo' or 'lipoly') batteries are thin, light and powerful. The output ranges from 4.2V when completely charged to 3.7V. This battery...
$5.95
IN STOCK

Break-away 0.1" 36-pin strip right-angle male header (10 pack)

PRODUCT ID: 1540
Breakaway header is like the duct tape of electronics. Its great for connecting things together, soldering to perf-boards, fits into any breadboard, etc. We go through these guys real...
$5.95
IN STOCK
This guide was first published on Jun 11, 2019. It was last updated on Jun 11, 2019. This page (Overview) was last updated on Oct 07, 2019.