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Starter Project 2 | Objects as Sensors

Add voice to the objects around you with the Touch Board

Use your Touch Board Starter Kit to give voice to the objects around you. Record a message about which vitamins to take, a reminder to water your plants or even link your favourite song to a photo frame.

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Is your Touch Board too quiet or too loud? You're in the right place learn how to adjust the volume.

Changing the volume on the Touch Board

Done with the Audio Guide? Follow this quick tutorial to customise your sounds and load your own MP3s.

Changing the MP3s on the Micro SD Card

Materials

To begin you will need:

1 x Touch Board
1 x Guidebook

1 x MicroSD Card
1 x MicroSD Card Reader
1 x Micro USB Cable
1 x Mini Speaker
12 x Alligator Clips
12 x Sticky Tabs
3 x Velcro Stickers

Step 1

Select your objects

To begin, select the objects you want to make interactive.

For this project we’re using a metallic robot, a metal lid from our vitamin jar, and an aluminium rivet inserted into our plant pot.

If the object you’d like to use isn’t metallic or conductive, you can create a conductive touch point yourself. Do this by painting the object with Electric Paint, or inserting something conductive to make contact to.

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metal robot

Step 2

Choose your sounds

Next, record your message or pick your favourite song.

Once you’ve saved your sounds as MP3s, take the MicroSD Card out of your Touch Board, and connect it to your computer using the MicroSD Card Reader.

Follow the instructions in the README.txt file on the card to name your files and load them onto the Touch Board. Follow the instructions carefully — if the files aren’t named properly they won’t play.

If you want more details on how to change the audio on your board then follow the link below.

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micro SD cardmicro SD card

Step 3

Attach the alligator clips

Once you’re happy with the sounds you’ve uploaded, connect the Alligator Clips to the objects you’ve selected.

Use two Sticky Tabs to secure the Touch Board on your tabletop, shelf or wall.

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Touch Board and Alligator clipTouch Board Alligator clip and vitamins

Step 4

Plug in audio and power

Now you can plug your speaker into your Touch Board. Rest it on a surface or attach it to the wall using one of Velcro Stickers or double sided tape.

Plug in the Micro USB Cable to power it from a computer, or from a USB wall socket.

Turn on your Touch Board and press the ‘reset’ button to re-calibrate the sensors. Once you’ve checked that all the connections are secure you can test your reminders.

Touch each of the electrodes and test that your audio files have loaded properly.

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Touch Board speaker photo frameTouch Board speaker photo frame

Step 5

Ready to go.

Touch the objects, to set off your audio reminders or melodies.

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plant, robot vitamins photo frame

Suggested Tutorials

5 great ideas to get you started with your Starter Kit!

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Is your Touch Board too quiet or too loud? You're in the right place learn how to adjust the volume.

Changing the volume on the Touch Board

Done with the Audio Guide? Follow this quick tutorial to customise your sounds and load your own MP3s.

Changing the MP3s on the Micro SD Card

Categories

Bare Conductive

Instructions

Touch Board

Date Posted

2015/05/14

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