In this guide we will explore the capacitive touch capabilities of the Circuit Playground and work our way towards putting together a USB MIDI drum machine driven by fruit. We'll also turn the Circuit Playground into a 'keyboard' so you can use it to play games or run an application that uses arrow keys

Required Parts

This project will work mainly with the Circuit Playground attached to a computer via a USB cable. Alligator clips will be used to attach to the capacitive touch pads.

Other Items

Various other items will be used. These do not need to be exact, anything similar will be fine.

  • Paper (6"x4" cards)
  • Marker
  • Ruler

And of course.....FRUIT!

Before Starting

If you are new to the Circuit Playground, you may want to first read these overview guides.

This project will use the Arduino IDE. Make sure you have added the board support for the Circuit Playground as well as installed the Circuit Playground library. MUST DO BOTH. This is covered in the guides linked above.

This guide was first published on Nov 15, 2016. It was last updated on Jul 22, 2024.

This page (Overview) was last updated on Nov 11, 2016.

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