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Touch sensor - Kingston hackSpace

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Touch sensor

This breakout board is the simplest way to create a project with a single “momentary” touch sensor. When a capacitive load is detected (e.g. a person touches the sensor-pad area) the red LED lights up and the output pin goes high. You can also solder a wire to the middle pad and create your own capacitive pad if the built-in one isn’t suited to your project. However for additional contacts, I would suggest using copper foil, and then solder a wire that connects from the foil pad to the breakout.

Touch sensor

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The electronic structure of the touch sensor is very similar to touch board single electrode. Connections are every simple a positive up to 5V to VCC, GND to the negative (Ground) and the middle pin which will transfer a signal to our microcontroller any digital pins.


#define ctsPin 2 // Pin for capactitive touch sensor
int ledPin = 13; // Digital pin 13 for the LED
void setup() {
  Serial.begin(9600);  // Start serial monitor 
  pinMode(ledPin, OUTPUT);  
  pinMode(ctsPin, INPUT);
void loop() {
  int ctsValue = digitalRead(ctsPin); 
  // Assigning code responsible for detecting touch

  if (ctsValue == HIGH){  // If the sensor detect touch 
    digitalWrite(ledPin, HIGH);  // Turn the LED ‘ON’
    Serial.println(“Touched”);  // Print “Touched” in serial monitor
  else{ // Otherwise
    digitalWrite(ledPin,LOW); // Turn the LED ‘OFF’
    Serial.println(“Not touched”); // Print “Not touched” in serial monitor

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