This week we're happy to show you a new force multi touch feature implemented with MC1509 force controller and MS9712 FSR matrix sensor!
We built this feature according to requirements from one of our clients who want to embed this interesting force touch function into their project.
We have an interesting opportunity to evaluate Ootsidebox's 3DPad. 3DPad is an Arduino shield to implement a touchless gesture controller.
Ootsidebox blog has comprehensive material to start and play 3DPad. For your convenience, useful links are collected below with some comments.
3DPad Getting started guide
- In order to make 3Dpad work correctly, you need a 12V DC power supply (mandatory). 3DPad won't work correctly without it. After you upload Arduino firmware and launch a serial monitor you will see something like this which shows that 3DPad is working.
3DPad's demo software - Processing
- After you setup 3DPad, you may want to visually see how it works. 3DPad comes with a visualization software built by Processing environment. Although Processing 2.1.1 is mentioned in the link, Processing 2.2.1 also works well with 3DPad.
- In our test, the Processing code outputs following error message. However, it does not affect the operation of the software. Just ignore it and go forward to connect to 3DPad.
Now hover your finger above the pad and the visualization software will visually show your 3D gestures.
3DPad's demo software - VB6
- This visualization software is written in VB6. Since it only supports French at this time, we skipped testing it.
And here are more links for your deeper understanding of 3DPad.
Looking deeper in 3DPad's Hardware
Thanks Jean Noel to share this gorgeous device!