Bare Conductive Interactive Workshop Pack
PRODUCT ID: SKU-5433
Introduce design and electronics through three creative projects.
Are you looking to run a creative interactive workshop? Perfect! The Interactive Workshop Pack is the best resource available to anyone who wants to engage individuals from non-engineering backgrounds with electronics.
The pack comes with everything you need to run 3 different workshop activities. Create musical instruments, game controllers, and interactive posters using Electric Paint and Printed Sensors, and the Touch Board. Each project comes with complete instructions, and one workshop pack can be run with up to 25 participants.
Play music with paper
Use the Printed Instruments Sensors to create a MIDI paper orchestra! Participants connect their Touch Boards to printed sensors, select an instrument, and play a tune.
Design game controllers
We’ve created a game so you can design the game controllers! Use Electric Paint to paint interfaces, and get playing. For a more advanced workshop, why not modify the code and create your own rules?
Powered by the Touch Board
Straight out of the box, the Touch Board is pre-programmed to turn any conductive object into a sensor or switch to play sounds stored on the included microSD card.
It can be re-programmed via the Arduino IDE so you can customize the function of the 12 capacitive touch and proximity sensors.
The Interactive Workshop Pack includes all the tools you need to run three different workshop activities introducing everything from painting sensors with Electric Paint, to programming the Touch Board using the Arduino programming language. Each project comes with complete instructions, and one workshop pack can be run with up to 25 participants. Once you’ve mastered these three projects, you can go on to modify the activities to increase complexity by designing custom instruments and game controllers, or interactive surfaces. The kit does not require any soldering and is recommended both for beginners and advanced users looking for a creative workshop activity. With extensive libraries already available, you can select from existing code examples or modify and program your own interactions.
With Touch Boards, Electric Paint, Printed Sensors, mini speakers, and many more components, you’ll have all the tools required for the three projects provided and much more. The full-color, Guidebook (included) contains step-by-step instructions for completing each activity and is supported with online tutorials, full code examples and troubleshooting in case something goes wrong. These fun 30 to 60 minute activities require no previous programming or electronics experience and will appeal to equally to participants from engineering and design backgrounds.
The Touch Board is a microcontroller board with dedicated capacitive touch and MP3 decoder ICs. It has a headphone socket and micro SD card holder (for file storage), as well as having 12 capacitive touch electrodes. It is based around the ATmega32U4 and runs at 16MHz from 5V. It has a micro USB connector, a JST connector for an external lithium polymer (LiPo) cell, a power switch and a reset button. It is similar to the Arduino Leonardo board and can be programmed using the Arduino IDE. The ATmega32U4 can appear to a connected computer as a mouse or a keyboard, (HID) serial port (CDC) or USB MIDI device.
- Microcontroller: Microchip ATmega32U4
- Audio output:15mW into 32Ω via 3.5mm stereo socket
- Removable storage: Up to 32GB via micro SD card
- Operating voltage: 5V DC
- Max. output current (5V rail): 400mA (100mA at startup)
- Capacitive touch electrodes: 12 (of which 8 can be configured as digital I/O)
- Digital I/O Pins: 12, of which 5 can are dedicated but can be unlinked via solder blobs
- PWM channels: 7 (shared with digital I/O pins)
- Analogue input channels: 12 (shared with digital I/O pins
- 5x Touch Board
- 4x Electric Paint 50ml jar
- 5x Electric Paint 10ml tube
- 6x Printed Sensors
- 6x Instrument Sensors
- 1x Guidebook
- 1x Sheet carbon dots
- 2x USB hub
- 5x Mini speakers
- 5x MicroSD card
- 5x MicroSD card reader
- 5x Micro USB cables
- 50x Alligator clips
- 60x Sticky tabs
- 6x Velcro stickers