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The easiest way to create custom ortholinear key matrices!

For those who like to forge their own path, we now present the easiest way of creating custom ortholinear (that’s a fancy word for gridded) key matrices. Instead of hand soldering together a custom matrix of NeoKey socket breakouts, the Adafruit NeoKey 5×6 Ortho Snap-Apart Mechanical Key Switches with NeoPixel has 30 key switches that can be snapped apart to make any size grid. That’s right! Even though it comes as 5×6, you can turn it into 2×3, 1×6, 4×3…whatever you wish, and it will work just the way you expect. The little break-apart tabs have traces running through them that pass the power, NeoPixel, and keymatrix lines up and down.

The Adafruit NeoKey 5×6 Ortho Snap-Apart guide covers getting started with your NeoKey Snap-Apart. It includes an overview, pinouts details, and downloads resources. There are also CircuitPython and Arduino demos with detailed wiring diagrams. Leave it in one piece or snap it apart, either way this guide has everything you need.

Check out the full guide: Adafruit NeoKey 5×6 Ortho Snap-Apart!


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