Fans of any keyboard-based computer game - and especially Minecraft players, will appreciate the ability to execute commands as quickly as possible. One neat method of doing so is to make your own control board with an Arduino or compatibe and a great example of this has been demonstrated by Lakhan Mankani.
By using an Arduino Leonardo or compatible board - as they can emulate a USB keyboard or mouse - you can easily create your own input device and have that emulate keyboard presses or a sequence of keystrokes to your PC. Thus by arranging simple buttons to the Arduino in the required layout - and with the matching code - you can have a custom keyboard to take care of finicky commands.
This type of device is also useful for non-gamers, any sequence of keystrokes used repetitively can be assigned to a button and exectured when necessary. To learn more and make your own, visit Lakhan's website. And for more, we're on facebook, twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well.
Looking for a small Arduino-compatible board to use as the basis of your own keyboard? Consider our LeoStick - it's the Arduino Leonardo-compatible board that's cheaper and smaller than the original:
Apart from being one of the smallest Arduino-compatibles on the market with USB, it also has an onboard RGB LED and piezo which can be used a knock sensor and various tune and sound effects. Plus you can add extra circuitry with the matching protostick! For more information and to order, click here.