5 Ways You Can Use Your Touch Board

5 Ways You Can Use Your Touch Board

Ever wondered what to do with your Touch Board? Check out this resource for project ideas and inspiration

The Touch Board gives you the ability to turn almost any material or surface into a sensor, and comes pre-programmed and ready to use. Open the box, power up, and touch one of the electrodes to listen to the audio guide. It’s never been easier to start making an Arduino-based project. Here are some of the many ways you can use your Touch Board.

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Trigger MP3s via Touch

The Touch Board comes pre-programmed for MP3 touch. This means you can load any songs or sounds you like onto its MicroSD card and trigger them on touch. Extend one or all 12 of its capacitive electrodes to create sensors on practically any surface or object.

Connect Visual Sensors

You could use Use Electric Paint to create clean, crisp sensors on textiles, ceramics, wood, paper, glass, or plastic. By latching connecting conductive graphics to the electrode you can start to map sounds to particular graphics.


The Touch Board can be used as a USB MIDI interface to send MIDI note data to programs like Garage Band and Ableton Live. Download the MIDI code onto your Touch Board to use its sensors to manipulate sound. Build your own musical instrument or interface, or simply paint a paper piano using Electric Paint!

Make A Distance Sensor

The Touch Board is like a supercharged Arduino Leonardo, so you can program it just like an Arduino. A great idea is uploading the proximity code to the Touch Board so you can control sounds or interfaces by simply hovering your hand over the sensor. No need for touch! Use the Arduino IDE to tune each sensor’s sensitivity to your particular project.

Stand Alone

No wall socket or USB port? No problem. The Touch Board has a built in LiPo battery charger so that your projects can live independently in any space. The board is also completely surface mount so that you can build it into your projects flat. Whether you’re using wall, paper, or cardboard as a substrate, you can make its footprint as small as possible.