Another day, another Kickstarter project, albeit a pretty cool Kickstarter project! This particular crowdfunder is called Touch Board, and is made by a UK company called Bare Conductive. Touch Board is an Arduino-compatible microcontroller that can turn any conductive surface into a sensor.
Using any one of its 12 electrodes connected to your conductive surface (could be electric paint, tin foil, copper, conductive thread) you can trigger various programmable sounds through its built-in MP3 player, or simply produce different MIDI notes.
It is one of the first projects involved in the Arduino at Heart program, which means it will bear the Arduino at Heart logo, and can be programmed just like an Arduino.
The Touch Board will work with most of the Arduino-compatible shields out there, and can be used to control a huge range of projects, its limits are down to you.
Do you want to create a working light switch using conductive paint? Or make a piano made of paper? Maybe you’d like to build a drum machine? The possibilities are endless, and some ideas are demonstrated in the video.
The board will come pre-programmed so you can use it straight away, all you need to do is connect it up to a power supply and a speaker and you’re good to go.
However, you will have the ability to program the board yourself using an Arduino environment, so you can play around and come up with new ways to use the Touch Board.
- Arduino compatible (recognised as an Arduino Leonardo in IDE)
- Atmel ATMega32U4 Microprocessor
- Freescale MPR121 dedicated touch interface
- VLSI VS1053B audio processor
- Arduino Shield Compatible (check pins available)
- 32 KB of Flash Memory of which 4 KB is used for bootloader
- 5V operating voltage (automatic voltage selector for USB or battery operation)
- Built in LiPo battery charging with onboard boost circuit for 5V operation
- 16 MHz clock speed
- Can be powered and programmed over USB
- 20 digital I/O pins (3 used for Touch IC and 5 for MP3 IC – can be disabled)
- 7 PWM channels
- 12 analog input channels
- 12 Touch electrodes, 8 can be configured as extra digital inputs or outputs with PWM capability
- 84mm x 62mm foot print with maximum height of 10mm (audio connector)
- On/Off switch when powered from battery
The hardware and software will be open-source and Bare Conductive are encouraging backers to share their ideas.
The project has already exceeded its £15,000 goal raising a staggering £50,123 already with 21 days to go, and looking at the different pledges they are selling out fast!
Click the link below if you fancy getting your hands on one of these nifty little gadgets and check out the Bare Conductive community for ideas and tutorials.