Introducing the Pi Cap
The Pi Cap transports the power of our Touch Board from the Arduino galaxy and beams it into the Raspberry Pi universe. We took its best features; capacitive touch, proximity (distance) sensing, audio output and added our own very special, super-easy onboarding experience.
What can I do with a Pi Cap?
The computing power of the Raspberry Pi, (Zero upwards) combined with the interface prototyping power of the Pi Cap, gives engineers, hobbyists and makers huge potential for building interactive projection-mapping projects, music machines, amazing wearables and so much more!
Enhance a wall display with projection-mapped graphics that respond to visitors. Turn your Raspberry Pi into a networkable music machine with polyphonic sample playback and modulation. Make interactive wearables with high-resolution touch-sensor inputs driving LEDs and displays, or create customised touch interfaces for your favourite Pi games or robots.
We have example projects contributed by our community below and how-to tutorials to show you all the details.
Add amazing features to any Raspberry Pi
Most regular Raspberry Pi hats can only do one job. The Pi Cap is different; it’s packed with loads of useful features so you don’t have to buy lots of hats to make your project:
Capacitive Sensing hardware and software The Pi Cap uses the same robust capacitive sensing hardware as our Touch Board. We’ve ported our powerful software libraries so that you can control and tune the sensors to your liking. They’re available in Python, Node.js and C++, take your pick!
Connect your Pi to anything The Pi Cap has 12 electrodes along the top edge, just like the Touch Board. That means you can connect using wires, Electric Paint, crocodile clips, M3-sized nuts and bolts, solder or anything conductive you can think of.
Audio Output With the 3.5mm audio jack you get high-quality audio output on the Raspberry Pi Zero, or any other recent Pi
Music Machine Simply install Touch MP3 to turn your Pi into a polyphonic sampler. Begin your exploration by changing the example sounds and start creating your own custom instruments.
RGB Status LED The Pi Cap has an RGB status LED to let you know that it’s booting up, whether its recorded a touch and more. Plus, it shines neatly through one of the mounting holes in the Zero!
GPIO Breakouts See that break out area to the right? We thought that you might appreciate a bit of an expansion space. Maybe you want to put down a pair of rotary encoders for your music machine!
Cross-Pi Compatibility We are crazy for the Zero, but we love other Pis too. Did we mention that the PiCap works on Raspberry Pi 1 Models A+ and B+, Pi 2 Model B, and Pi 3 Models B and B+? We don’t want to leave anyone out!
Projects Powered by Pi Cap!