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About this product

Overview

Product overview

• Start your electronics and coding projects, make, craft, invent, hack and learn with the easy to use Bare Conductive Touch Board
• Great to use with electric paint
• Pre-programmed as an MP3 Player
• Easy to program as a MIDI instrument or MIDI interface
• Arduino Leonardo pin layout supporting Arduino shields
• With 20 Digital I/O Pins easily control many components from RGB LEDs to Servos, screens and more
• Touch and Distance sensing with 12 capacitive electrodes
• Extensive support from www.bareconductive.com/make
• Arduino-compatible and programmable through the Arduino IDE
• Arduino Leonardo pin layout supporting Arduino shields
• Built in Li-Po battery charger

Reasons to pick the Touch Board
The Bare Conductive Touch Board, based off an Arduino Leonardo, an Open-Source Arduino board. Start any electronics or coding project readily available online in the huge Maker community, or design a project yourself.

The Touch Board comes loaded with features: a large amount of I/O pins, built in MP3 player with Micro SD card socket, a 3.5mm audio out, Li-Po battery connecter, as well as sporting 12 touch electrodes, machine screw holes to mount however you please, a reset button, and an On/Off switch.

The best bit about the Touch Board are the Touch Electrodes, these can be used with anything conductive to add life to your project. Any time one of the electrodes are triggered, you can tell it to play a sound saved on the SD card, or even make it activate a relay.

Connections and Expansion
This board has 20 Digital I/O pins allowing you to individually control a large amount of components. Each digital I/O pin can control a limb for a walking talking robot, control hundreds of RGB LEDs, or build your own keypad controlled electronic door lock, and so much more.

The Touch Board also has 12 Analogue pins which are perfect for analogue sensors, you can use these to make your own smoke detector, tell if a plant has enough moisture, to detecting if something has triggered a pressure mat! In addition to the other I/O pins it also comes with 12 additional touch points, allowing you to use with anything conductive: from copper or aluminium, to e-textiles or electronic paint. Of the 12 available touch points, 8 of which can be used as Digital I/O pins supporting PWM.

The Bare Conductive Touch Board also supports Arduino Shields. Arduino shields come in many shapes and sizes, from providing solder-able break-out boards, a 1.8" TFT screen with micro SD slot and joystick, to a servo and motor control board. Another great range of accessories are called Breakouts, tiny shields that link together just as easy usually providing more specific uses. Shields and Breakouts allow you to more easily manage a lot of components in any project, you can view our range of shields and breakouts by clicking here.

What will you make?
With the ever expanding range of tutorial guides available, you can start by telling a single LED to flash, or control a stepper motor’s speed and direction. Using coding languages called C/C++, these skills easily translate to most general software languages, and so with this you’ll be learning a lot more than electronics.

And using the touch sensors with electronic paint, you can make conductive touch points, you can even use the paint to make a sensor. Each sensor can be used to react with files on a Micro SD card, so you can make a musical instrument, or even a sound board.

Ease of Use
Arduino is fantastic for all ages, whether you have previous experience or not, from fun to functional. There are many tutorials that will tell you exactly what you will need, even what pins to connect your components into, giving you a step by step, start to finish.

Using the Arduino IDE Software will allow you to easily update your Arduino board with the code you’ve prepared, making the transfer seamless, it will even let you know whether your code makes sense and will work before you even upload it.

Click here to check out the introduction to Bare Conductive’s Touch Board.

Click here to find out how best to use the Touch Board with Arduino.


Examples
With the many possibilities hosted with the touch features:
You could start off by creating ways for Kids to learn, like a Noisy farmyard,
A great way to use the Touch Board is by utilising BoomBox MP3 player.

Resources
You can also get your conductive paint here.


Arduino IDE software is needed to program an Arduino, it’s not in the box. Download from here: http://www.arduino.cc/en/Main/Software
Works on Mac, Windows and Linux based computers including Raspberry Pi's Rasbian software

Arduino's site.
http://www.arduino.cc/en/Tutorial/HomePage
http://www.arduino.cc/en/Reference/HomePage
http://playground.arduino.cc/
http://www.instructables.com/id/Arduino-Projects/

Specification

Specifications
Processing
Micro Controller ATmega32U4
CPU Clock Speed 16 MHz
Power
Operating Voltage 5 V
Input Voltage 3 V - 5.5 V
Connections
Digital IO/PWM 20/7
Analogue In 12
ICSP 1x6
UART 1
IDE
Programming interface USB
USB Serial Controller USB-Micro
Other
Flash Memory 32 kB (4 kB Occupied)
Board Version (if applicable)
Special Features 12 Capacitive touch and proximity
MP3 player
MIDI mode
On / Off Switch
Reset Button
Connectivity LiPO Charger
micro SD card socket
Size
Dimensions 84 mm x 62 mm 10 mm

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