The sheer number of Olympic events is staggering (46!). How do you keep track of them all? The MacroPad is the perfect organizer for checking in on each sport and scrolling through the different Olympics channels. 

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source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olympic_Games

In this project you'll be able to (from a browser):

  • View live and past Olympic events from 6 different channels/sources
  • Check the schedules and results of all 46 Olympic events (individually and at a glance)
  • View the medal count by country in real time
  • Switch between tabs of all the channels, results, schedules etc.
  • Navigate up and down pages
  • Close tabs

All with a couple of clickity clackity keyboard clicks on an Adafruit MacroPad!

What's a MacroPad?

It's a speedy little microcontroller with lots of GPIO pins and a 64 times more RAM than the Apollo Guidance Computer. The MacroPad can be powered by either CircuitPython or Arduino - complete with 12 buttons, an OLED display, a speaker, and a rotary encoder. Read about it here if you'd like more details.

For the scope of this guide, we're going to focus on the application of the MacroPad as a hotkeys shortcut to make your Olympic viewing experience a 10 out of 10. This project is based on a tutorial called MACROPAD Hotkeys which shows you how to turn your MacroPad into a keyboard shortcut device for your computer. Please read through that guide before continuing here.

Parts

You can buy a kit with all the parts with Kailh Red keys and clear keycaps or build your own custom configuration:

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This guide was first published on Jul 27, 2021. It was last updated on 2021-07-27 17:24:53 -0400.

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