What is the Touch Board?

The Touch Board is a tool to make your projects interactive, responsive, smart or just fun. Use the Touch Board to change the world around you by turning almost any material or surface into a sensor. Connect anything conductive to one of its 12 electrodes and trigger a sound via its onboard MP3 player, play a MIDI note or do anything else that you might do with an Arduino or Arduino-compatible device.


The Touch Board is designed as an easy-to-use platform for a huge range of projects, whether it’s painting a lightswitch on your wall, making a paper piano or something nobody’s thought of yet. Make sure to take a look at our video above and check out the information below. If you’ve got a question, get in touch and we’ll get it up in the FAQs. We hope you’ll support the Touch Board. We can’t wait to see what you will build on top of this powerful platform!

As shipped, the Touch Board will be pre-programmed to turn touch into sound. Touch electrode #1, hear track #1. Touch electrode #2, hear track #2, and so on. We’ve decided to ship the Touch Board pre-programmed and with a microSD card loaded with sample sounds so that you can focus on getting the Touch Board into your project. All you need to do is power up your Touch Board with a battery or USB, put your sounds on your microSD card and connect a speaker.

Nothing amazes studio visitors more than when we show them how the Touch Board can act as a distance sensor. The distance sensor is actually just a SUPER sensitive touch sensor. By uploading the distance code (which we’ll release upon shipment of the boards), you’ll be able to make a sensor that you can interact with from up to 20 cm away.

The Touch Board is Arduino-compatible, which means that it can be programmed just like an Arduino and it works with most popular shields and accessories (see Technical Specifications for more information). Our video shows three different projects which use existing shields to create exciting interactions: a set of wireless doorbells using XBee shields, an actual bell powered by a motor shield and (our favourite) a lightswitch made possible with a relay shield and some Electric Paint.

The Touch Board can be programmed just like an Arduino. If you want to change how the Touch Board works, it’s easy. We will be releasing a range of different sketches that can be installed via the Arduino programming environment. But of course, if you want to write your own programs, do it, and share your project with us! The Touch Board works with most popular Arduino shields and Arduino-compatible accessories, so the possibilities are endless. We can’t wait to see what you come up with.

Anything conductive! The Touch Board project began as a way for us to create interfaces with our Electric Paint (as you’ve seen in the video), but it can do a whole lot more. You can also connect tin foil, copper, conductive thread, Squishy Circuits, and more straight to the board. The list is long, but with 12 electrodes, you’ll be able to do plenty of experiments.

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