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Pimoroni Trackball

Module handles usage of Trackball Breakout by Pimoroni.

Product page: https://shop.pimoroni.com/products/trackball-breakout

Usage

Declare I2C bus and add this module in your main class.

from kmk.modules.pimoroni_trackball import Trackball, TrackballMode
import busio as io

i2c = io.I2C(scl=board.D3, sda=board.D2)
trackball = Trackball(i2c)
keyboard.modules.append(trackball)

Module will also work when you cannot use busio and do import bitbangio as io instead.

Key inputs, other handler combinations

If you have used this thing on a mobile device, you will know it excels at cursor movement


from kmk.modules.pimoroni_trackball import Trackball, TrackballMode, PointingHandler, KeyHandler, ScrollHandler, ScrollDirection

trackball = Trackball(
i2c,
mode=TrackballMode.MOUSE_MODE,
# optional: set rotation angle of the trackball breakout board, default is 1
angle_offset=1.6,
handlers=[
# act like an encoder, input arrow keys
KeyHandler(KC.UP, KC.RIGHT, KC.DOWN, KC.LEFT, KC.ENTER),
# on layer 1 and above use the default pointing behavior
PointingHandler(),
# use ScrollDirection.NATURAL (default) or REVERSE to change the scrolling direction
ScrollHandler(scroll_direction=ScrollDirection.NATURAL)
]
)

# now you can use these KeyCodes:

KC.TB_NEXT_HANDLER # rotates through available
KC.TB_HANDLER(0) # activate KeyHandler
KC.TB_HANDLER(1) # activate MouseHandler

Backlight

Setup backlight color using below commands:

trackball.set_rgbw(r, g, b, w)
trackball.set_red(brightness)
trackball.set_green(brightness)
trackball.set_blue(brightness)
trackball.set_white(brightness)

This module exposes one keycode TB_MODE, which on hold switches between MOUSE_MODE and SCROLL_MODE. To choose the default mode, pass it in Trackball constructor.