Reading 16 Rotary encoders with as little pins as possible on an UNO?

Hi there,

I'm looking to build a project with 16 rotary encoders. I just need to know the left or right rotation and print it out to the serial to read in another program. Any suggestions of how I may approach this on an UNO? or any other board suggestions? I'm super new to this stuff. Not sure if a multiplexer is something i should be looking for?

Thanks!

You're going to be hard pressed to do that with an UNO. You really need 32 pins if you need to know direction. Probably need to go with a Mega for this one. You really can't do an encoder through a multiplexer or a pin expander unless it will only be turning very very very slowly.