The MiniKBD is an introductory level project that lets you build a small USB mechanical keyboard using the Adafruit Trinket M0 board (not included) and program custom funtionality with CircuitPython.
It’s programmable with CircuitPython!
Adafruit’s Trinket M0 is an amazing little device, I think there’s no easier way for someone with a little bit of programming experience to get started making their own hardware. Once the MiniKBD is built it’s fully programmable with CircuitPython, allowing you to easily customize its functionality. Compared to the Arduino, there’s no need for a special IDE other than what you’re already comfortable programming in. The project was designed for use in an introductory electronics workshop, and it’s excellent for someone with a little bit of experience with the Python programming language who wants to get started with hardware.
As 2022 starts, let’s take some time to share our goals for CircuitPython in 2022. Just like past years (full summary 2019, 2020, and 2021), we’d like everyone in the CircuitPython community to contribute by posting their thoughts to some public place on the Internet. Here are a few ways to post: a video on YouTub, a post on the CircuitPython forum, a blog post on your site, a series of Tweets, a Gist on GitHub. We want to hear from you. When you post, please add #CircuitPython2022 and email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know about your post so we can blog it up here.
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.
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