Have you ever had a coughing fit in a video conference and did not hit the little microphone mute icon because you were coughing? Or did you have to quickly deactivate the camera because a crying child stormed into the room? An additional keyboard would be a blessing here, with large and easy-to-hit keys that send even the most cryptic keyboard shortcuts to an application in a fraction of a second.
In the new Make 3/21 we use the example of an expansion keyboard for Microsoft Teams to show you how you can easily build and program such a useful quick switch yourself with the Raspberry Pico. In our example project, we will use the keyboard shortcuts for functions such as raising hand, switching video and switching microphone. The Raspberry Pico is programmed in the easy-to-learn Python language, making it easy to adapt to other applications and will be explained later in the article.
Also in the booklet: Upcycling
Has your very first 3D printer been collecting dust on the shelf since you bought it? Give it a second life as a cutting plotter! The old filament winding spool is now being given a new role as a cable drum with added value, and a few wooden boards from the scrap box become a practical toolbox with our plan.
There is more on the subject in issue 3/21 of Make.
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