January 22, 2014 AT 10:00 am

Capacitive Touch Sensing with Bare Conductive

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This is a short article demonstrating an experiment with Bare conductive ink and the MSP430′s capacitive sensing hardware.

I’ve experimented with various capacitive sense methods previously; the most common uses one pin to charge up an electrode, while using another pin to measure the amount of time needed to charge up to the logic high threshold level of an input pin. A couple of similar approaches are illustrated here: http://www.ti.com/lit/an/slaa363a/slaa363a.pdf

An alternate method is available on several of the MSP430 value line microcontrollers (G2xx2, G2xx3, FR58xx, FR59xx). In addition to the typical pin peripheral functions, they include a relaxation oscillator circuit that includes pin capacitance to set the frequency. By measuring the number of oscillations in a given time period, a small change in capacitance can be measured…enough to detect whether a finger is touching an electrode.


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