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CapacitiveBoard (CapBoard) is a device based on Arduino Nano that allows to turn any conductive object in a capacitive sensor to detect the touch of a person.



With CapBoard you can try to invent new ways to interact with your laptop. Look at an example in this video.

The board makes it possible to connect up to nine different conductive objects; also, it has eight analog inputs that can be used to connect potentiometers or other types of sensors.
CapBoard a board to create capacitive sensors
If connected to a laptop, the board sends the data relating the state of the sensors via the serial connection. Currently CapBoard has been interfaced with Pure Data and Processing through a special Arduino sketch (available soon on this page).


By programming CapBoard you can create 8-bit standalone synth controlled by sensors and knobs or by touching the objects connected to the card.

The board is equipped with a LED connected to the digital port number 13, while port 9 is free and can be used to connect a speaker or an audio cable to generate sounds through the Arduino tone() function or using the Mozzi library.

CapBoard Synth Standalone
Testing CapBoard with six potentiometers


Obviously, it can be also connected to any other environment and software capable of receiving data via a serial connection.
Capacitive sensors to be connected to CapBoard can be made with the aluminum foil, as those used for the prototype CapPad, or you can use any other conductive object as shown in the image.





This video shows an interactive sound installation in which CapBoard was used to make sensitive four tuff blocks. The installation has been set up for the exhibition Attraverso la città. La strada del Sole at San icola dei Greci in Matera from December 10th, 2016 al 12nd February 2017.

This video shows Cap Board in action making touch-sensitive surface of some tuff blocks.

To program CapBoard you need to use the Arduino CapacitiveSensor library for more information refer to the official project page:

Listen to some demo tracks made with CapBoard




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