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Instructables user thematthewknot took our Awesome Button project to the next level by adding an RGB LED and a rotary encoder, allowing him to execute a few different functions with one big red Staples Easy Button. When he turns the dial, he can scroll through different button functions, each indicated by a different color on the RGB LED. He has his set up to move his cursor, and execute the copy and paste keyboard shortcuts. When he hits the button, the selected function is executed. Thank you thematthewknot for sharing this awes– er, fantastic extension to The Awesome Button project!


The AWESOME Button: A Made-to-Measure USB Input Device

Matt Richardson

Matt Richardson

Matt Richardson is a Brooklyn-based creative technologist, Contributing Editor at MAKE, and Resident Research Fellow at New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP). He’s the co-author of Getting Started with Raspberry Pi and the author of Getting Started with BeagleBone.



  1. Martin Glennon says:

    That’s pretty awesome. I’ve always wanted something that I could program for shortcuts for AutoCAD. 4 buttons for my most commonly used commands would save me alot of hassles. Time to get a Tinsy.

  2. I know thematthewknot personally, and will gladly sell his contact info to the highest bidder. Who would like to kick off the bidding?

  3. Jon Peterson says:

    Next step, building the dial into the button itself.  Love the idea!