Make a robot friend with Adafruit’s CRICKIT – A Creative Robotics & Interactive Construction Kit. It’s an add-on to our popular Circuit Playground Express, FEATHER and other platforms to make and program robots with CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. Start controlling motors, servos, solenoids. You also get signal pins, capacitive touch sensors, a NeoPixel driver and amplified speaker output. It complements & extends your boards so you can still use all the goodies on the microcontroller, now you have a robotics playground as well.
While the rubber filling process is pretty cool, and I’m happy to see just how cheap pressure sensors are getting these days, I’m just not sure why I’d use this over a touch panel or something cheaper. Sacrificing spatial resolution for higher sensitivity to pressure doesn’t seem like a worthwhile tradeoff for most projects, and at $250 for the prototype, I’m not going to buy it to find out where it’s usefulness lies.
@Scott – TakkTile’s designed for robotic manipulation, where using a traditional touch panel (resistive or capacitative) is of little use.
TakkTile’s all opensource, on github none the less! Check out the CAD, firmware, and host code at http://github.com/takktile. As we move from prototyping to production, the price will fall, it just remains to be seen by how much. When running a business, you can always drop the price, but seldom raise it. 🙂
Ah, got it. Watching the video, then seeing the Dorabot project put it into much better context for me. Robotics isn’t really my field, but I would expect accurate touch sensing like this is normally much more expensive. If the rubber were more thermally conductive, you could use the built-in temperature sensor to get thermal data too. I imagine sourcing a good cheap material for that is somewhat hard though…either way, cool project!