Capacitive Dance Pad

One of the ideas that’s been floating around my How-To bin for a couple of years is an under carpet zone switch dance pad. [sprite_tm] beat me to it in late 2006, and did it even better. He was using a QT160 chip – a nifty six channel capacitive touch sensor to make touch switches. Instead, he used an Atmel to duplicate the technology. He was able to place foil panels below his carpet. Step on one and it acts like you just closed a switch. The QT160 is now available, but the atmel he used is actually cheaper.


  1. chupa says:

    Hes got a lota other neat things on his website. The electronic stamp is pretty cool.

  2. Thijs says:

    You mean this hack :p

    He’s a dutch student /w lots of great hacks..

  3. Sprite_tm says:

    For the people who already downloaded the firmware: I just found a newer version of the software on my HD, which enables the use of even cheaper and less parts. Check page 3 of the article for more info.

  4. Wolfmankurd says:

    oh that e-stamp is purty leet

  5. ex-parrot says:

    I tried to duplicate this for an art installation using a PICAXE but they’re just not fast enough.

  6. My very own past seems so ancient. Its arduous to believe that my Grandma was born into a house without indoor plumbing or electricity and her family was wealthy.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 97,790 other followers