What is it?
Touch sensing just got easy. EasyTouch is an analog capacitive sensor that enables you to quickly add touch sensing to your projects. Connect a single wire to any conductive material and you can quickly detect when a person touches it.
How does it work?
Until now, capacitive sensing has been difficult and complicated to use. EasyTouch changes all that. The onboard circuitry and signal processing does all the hard work, converting the small capacitive signal into a simple easy-to-use voltage, and automatically recalibrates on the fly. With EasyTouch, you can focus on what you do best--making amazing projects!
What materials does it work with?
Connect EasyTouch to any conductor and you’ve got a touch sensor. It is that simple. EasyTouch can detect metal objects like tin foil, screws, coins, and keys but can also detect mildly conductive materials like apples, pencil drawings, water, or even some fabrics! You don’t need to come into direct contact with your sensor! The conductor can be painted, covered, placed behind cloth or paper, and it will still work.
What can you do with it?
Electronics enthusiasts can connect the EasyTouch module to their Arduinos, Raspberry Pi, Verves, etc. to make awesome touch-based projects.
If you want to control things on your computer or internet (text, email, etc) then use EasyTouch with VERVE. Need to play Mario using a banana? Or get a text when someone touches your door? Need to do it in under 5 minutes? Have no electronics, programming, or soldering knowledge? Then do you yourself a favor and get a VERVE.
You can check out some examples of how it works with other sensors here:
EasyPlug is a sensor shield that allows you to easily connect all types of sensors into an Arduino without any soldering, breadboarding, or electronics knowledge.
Any other controller:
EasyTouch has breakout signal, ground, and power pins so that you can connect it directly to Arduinos, Raspberry PI, or any other controller. Simply connect the EasyTouch output to an ADC pin on the board and read touch events. It has an on-board regulator and will work with either 5V or 3V circuits.
The other sensors
We are all about sensors. Check out the other sensors you get in the sensor pack tiers. You get find a greater variety at our webstore www.inxus.com.
Production and Fulfillment plan
We want to be perfectly transparent with you every step of the way. Here’s some information on how we will be turning this product from an idea to a product that you can hold in your hands. Production and fulfillment will be handled in a three step process.
Step 1: Manufacturing Printed circuit board (PCB) fabrication, PCB assembly, and packaging will all be handled through NOA Labs. This manufacturing firm has a proven track record. They have worked with giants such as BMW and Airbus as well as countless small businesses and start-ups. To personally vet the company, we purchased an initial sample run of printed circuit boards and enclosures (shown in picture above). The company is ready to produce up to 50,000 units per month and quoted us a lead time of 30-45 days for production. Shipment will take another 12-15 days. In parallel, we will order the colorful sensor cables and the cable extenders from a trusted electronics supplier. We received initial sample units of all these components from this supplier and they too are ready to ship at a moment’s notice. Their quoted lead time is 20 days with another 7-10 days for shipment. The second you help us hit our funding goal we will begin this process.
Step 2: Assembly. We will begin assembly the same day the units arrive from both NOA labs and our electronics supplier. We will test each board, sensor, and cable to make sure that everything works perfectly. We will then package this item in the supplied retail box. This process is expected to take between 10-30 days depending on the number of orders.
Step 3: Fulfillment. We partnered with a local fulfillment center that is ready to ship out all the units. This process will take 5-10 days. It will take an additional 5-15 days for USPS to get the item to your door. We will push as hard as humanly possible to get this item to you before the February deadline
We love sensors. They are the portal between the physical and the digital world. Capacitive sensors are notoriously hard to set up and we wanted to change that. As always, we like to start with a breadboard version that works.
We then create a digital version.
Finally, out comes a working board!
At inXus interactive, we’re committed to lowering barriers to creativity and innovation in technology. We believe everyone can contribute to the exciting new opportunities that technology can bring, and we work hard to empower everyone to get involved. Capacitive touch sensing has always been a headache for makers and creators. We got frustrated seeing our friends and students struggle to include touch in their projects. So we developed our small EasyTouch module to make those headaches disappear. Once we did this, we were amazed at what people could do. We’ve seen people make slider volume controllers by simply drawing heavy lines on a sheet of paper, attractive wall touch switches from cardboard and aluminum foil, interactive musical sculptures from clothes hangers, large area pressure sensors using metal foil and bubble wrap, attractive educational posters that respond to touch points. We’re proud and excited to offer the EasyTouch sensor module in a small, easy-to-use package for everyone to use in their projects.
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Risks and challenges
We've worked hard to minimize the risks associated with this project. The product has already gone through several design/prototyping stages and beta tests with target users. We are officially ready to manufacture. We have qualified our manufacturers and first-level fulfillment partners. If we can raise enough funds, we are confident that we can ship the product by February. We have verified prototype level manufacturing, but we need large orders to bring the manufacturing costs down to an affordable level.
If setbacks occur, we will contact our customers to keep them informed of possible delays. If orders are slow to arrive, we will ship to customers in order that they committed funds.
We want to send out a thank you to Danielle Phan for putting together a brilliant video. We also want to send out a big thanks to all the inventors who have helped spark the maker movement. To inventors of products like the Arduino, little Bits, Makey Makey, ATOMS toys and all the other awesome makers tools in between. You have inspired millions of people around the world -- us included!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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