The MGC3030 is an integrated capacitive gesture sensor that could be used in a lot of projects, but unfortunately it has pretty strict requirements for how the capacitive surface needs to look like. This is an attempt at providing a ready solution, the sensor with the minimal viable surface, all as a single FeatherWing suitable for use with Adafruit’s Feather boards.
Because of the requirements for at least four layers that are spaced pretty far apart, this is actually a sandwich of two PCBs, connected with pin headers.
This is the successor of the #Tote robot, and its small family (#Tote Zero, #Tote HaD, #D1 Mini Tote). Tote itself was focused mostly on affordability, ease of assembly and extensibility — and I think that it achieved those goals relatively well. However, it turns out that physically building the robot and programming the first gait is just the tip of the iceberg. We need something a little more powerful than a simple Arduino, and something much easier to program and test.
The SpiderWing builds on top of Tote, but focuses more on the ease of programming and reliability. It uses slightly more expensive parts (Adafruit Feather boards, SG92R servos) to be more reliable and easier to reproduce exactly (whereas every Tote is slightly different from all the others). It will also use advanced sensors, such as the time-of-flight distance sensors or the IMU sensors with built-in fusion algorithms, in order to get better and more consistent results.
See a video of the SpiderWing below. Want to learn more about Feather? See the Awesome Feather list for details.
Adafruit publishes a wide range of writing and video content, including interviews and reporting on the maker market and the wider technology world. Our standards page is intended as a guide to best practices that Adafruit uses, as well as an outline of the ethical standards Adafruit aspires to. While Adafruit is not an independent journalistic institution, Adafruit strives to be a fair, informative, and positive voice within the community – check it out here: adafruit.com/editorialstandards
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.
Have an amazing project to share? The Electronics Show and Tell is every Wednesday at 7pm ET! To join, head over to YouTube and check out the show’s live chat – we’ll post the link there.