Board Comparison Guide

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The Light Up Board, Touch Board and Pi Cap are three great boards to add capacitive sensors to your projects. But which board is the right one for your project? To help you with your decision, we have created this board comparison guide, which you can either read below or download as a PDF.

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Step 1 Getting Started

The Light Up Board has six LEDs, and is ready to be used straight out of the box for your lighting project. By connecting different electrodes together, you can access one of the six lighting modes. Without any electrodes connected together, the board default is set to Dimmer mode.

When you first power up the Touch Board, it is set to MP3 player mode. You can listen to the pre-loaded audio set-up guide by touching each of the 12 electrodes. You can then easily change the tracks on the SD card and play your own sound files.

The Pi Cap is a Raspberry Pi add-on, so you need a Raspberry Pi to get started. Our comprehensive tutorials explain set-up and how to attach the Pi Cap to the Raspberry Pi. The Pi Cap intro explains all of its features and the code examples that you can use.

Step 2 Coding

No coding is required for the Light Up Board. The six light modes are set by connecting the electrodes with one another.

To change the sounds on the Touch Board, you just need a microSD card reader. You can reprogram the Touch Board with the Arduino IDE and we provide a range of example code for you to work from.

After you have installed the Pi Cap Raspbian package, you can view code examples in three languages: C++, Python and Node. js. You are free to use these examples as a basis for your own project.

Step 3 Capabilities

The Light Up Board is designed to quickly add light to your projects. There are six different modes to choose from: Touch, Dimmer, Proximity, Spinning, Dice and Candle.

The Touch Board can play MP3 files, be turned into a MIDI player, or used as a keyboard for your computer and more. The Touch Board is compatible with Arduino Shields, so you can add even more features to the board.

Apart from the capacitive electrodes, the Pi Cap has a GPIO breakout area, an RGB LED, 3.5mm audio output and a push button. The Pi Cap is able to play multiple sound files at once. As the Pi Cap is a Raspberry Pi add-on, you can access many of the Raspberry Pi’s features, for example, internet connectivity or Bluetooth.

Step 4 Power

The Light Up Board is powered via a Micro-USB cable, so it can be powered by a USB power source, like a USB power adaptor, laptop or a portable power bank.

You can use a Micro-USB cable to power the Touch Board, or just plug in a LiPo battery. Your Touch Board can stand completely alone, or concealed in a project. The LiPo battery will charge when the board is plugged in via USB.

The Pi Cap is powered by the Raspberry Pi that it is attached to, which is powered via a USB power supply. If you need portable power, a USB power pack is the best solution.