Experiments in Lifestyle Design

DIY Capacitive Sensor for Arduino

I’ve been using capacitive touch sensors in a number of my projects recently and just wanted to share a really quick and easy way to build one for yourself that works with Arduinos.

You’ll need:

The circuit

Start by soldering a lead to a small piece of tin foil. Additional flux seemed to really help this process.
Connect the resistor to a digital out pin (I used D0 on my Wemos D1 Mini) and the breadboard.
On the same row of the breadboard connect both the sensor (tin foil lead) and a Digital In pin (I used D1).

That’s it. Now just upload the following sketch, making sure to identify the correct GPIO pins in the code.

// touch sensor
#include <CapacitiveSensor.h>

// touch sensor config
CapacitiveSensor capSensor1 = CapacitiveSensor(D0, D1);

void setup() {

void loop() {
  long sensorValue1 = capSensor1.capacitiveSensor(30);

The CapacitiveSensor library is available in the Library Manager and is the one by Paul Bagder and Paul Stoffregen.

Here’s a video of the project. Have fun, and happy hacking!

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