Macro pads are a fun, superb way to optimize your computer-using experience. Whether you’re using a numpad in addition to your keyboard, or you’ve got a Stream Deck to improve those all-day Zoom calls, there are a number of pre-built and designed devices out there for you to use. But, what if you’re looking for a bespoke solution? What if you want to play around with making your own maco pad, including its case and software functionality? If that’s the case, the PICO DEV M3 is here to give you an encoder to start playing with.
The macro pad features a magnetic rotary encoder with a base resolution of 36 steps that can be extended to 36,000 steps per resolution, giving you all the flexibility and resolution scaling for just about any application. There is also a ball bearing in the rotary encoder, giving the encoder an exceptionally smooth-feeling motion. The development board itself is based around the RP2040 chip, with 19 GPIO pins, a USB-C connector, and all the communication breakouts that are built into the RP2040. The encoder kit also comes with a 3D printable case, with the design files available online and 18 addressable RGB LEDs on board.
You’re going to want to place an order soon for this development board, quantities are getting low! The board comes from Ahmsville Labs, located in Ikorodu, Nigeria. They have a host of other macro keys and pads available, so if you’re shopping for something with a different look or functionality, visit their store to see what else they have available!