This I2C breakout uses its clever Nuvoton microcontroller to let you easily incorporate a digital rotary encoder into your project. It's possible to directly control the RGB LED inside the encoder - meaning it's great for using as an input device which can also show you a colour coded visual status (like a LED lighting controller, or a synth wave generator). The encoder has a smooth but satisfyingly clicky action.
You can attach it to your Pi's GPIO directly or via a breadboard with the included headers, but it's also compatible with our fancy solderless Breakout Garden, which makes it easy to use several different breakouts at the same time.
We've designed this breakout board so that you can solder on the piece of right angle female header and pop it straight onto the bottom left 5 pins on your Raspberry Pi's GPIO header (pins 1, 3, 5, 7, 9).
RGB Encoder Breakout uses the same Python library as our IO Expander Breakout - this example shows you how to read the encoder and control the lights.Chris has kindly added support for the Potentiometer and Encoder breakouts to his Arduino port of our IO Expander library.