The Bare Conductive Touch Board is a printed circuit board module that can make your projects interactive, responsive, smart or just fun. Change the world around you by using the Touch Board to turn almost anything into a sensor.
Connect anything conductive to one of the 12 electrodes and trigger a sound via the onboard MP3 player, play a MIDI note or do anything else that you might do with an Arduino or Arduino-compatible device.
The Touch Board has been designed to be an easy-to-use platform for a huge range of projects, whether it is painting a lightswitch on your wall, making a paper piano or creating a customised interactive surface.
For more information about the Touch Board, try these excellent resources:
The Touch Board Workshop Manual will help you organise and lead a workshop using Electric Paint and the Touch Board. It takes you through basic concepts, setting up, and provides tips and guidelines for running a workshop. Workshop manual - further info
Techniques and inspiration
An overview of the range of techniques and tools that are compatible with Electric Paint and the Touch Board. Case studies and project examples showcases the breadth of opportunities and outputs that are possible when using these tools. Techniques and inspiration - further info
Master the basics with step-by-step instructions for getting started with the Touch Board. Once you’ve mastered these skills you’ll be ready to move on to the Basic Projects, lead a workshop, and start prototyping independently. Basic skills - further info
Three project-driven lesson plans using Electric Paint and the Touch Board. Each project comes complete with a lesson prep outline, materials list, downloadable templates, video, and step-by-step instructions. Basic projects - further info
An introduction to some of the digital tools you can use alongside the Touch Board and Electric Paint. Use the files in the Digital Toolkit in your workshop to integrate programming, musical composition, and illustration into your projects. Digital toolkit - further info
No programming required for basic operation
Arduino compatible and works with popular shields
Ideal for use with Bare Conductive paint or any other conductive material
MP3 Player / MIDI device
MicroSD card socket
Standard 3.5mm audio jack for headphones and speakers
Lithium Polymer (LiPo) battery recharges via USB
HID capable - turn the Touch Board into a keyboard or mouse
Board size: 84 x 62 x 10mm
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Click here to find out how to make an interactive sound wave print.
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)
32KB of Flash Memory of which 4KB 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
16MHz clock speed
Can be powered and programmed via USB
20 digital I/O pins (3 used for Touch IC and 5 for MP3 IC – can be disabled)
7 PWM channels
12 analogue input channels
12 Touch electrodes of which 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)