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Proximity sensor kit for Arduino free from Future

A capacitive sensing evaluation kit from Cypress Semiconductor is being made available free to design engineers by distributor Future Electronics on its ‘My Board Club’ website.

CapSense MBR3 kit

CapSense MBR3 kit

The CY3280-MBR3 CapSense MBR3 kit can be used to evaluate the third generation of Cypress Semiconductor’s capacitive-sensing technology.

Likely applications are button designs and proximity sensing. The kit’s board also includes a proximity loop which can detect the presence of a finger or hand up to 30cm away.

The CapSense MBR3 devices are register-configurable, and require no firmware development on the part of the system designer. The devices and the kit use the EZ-Click software tool to configure capacitive sensing features.

Also supported is Cypress’s SmartSense Auto-tuning technology, which can eliminate manual tuning for variations in PCB, overlay, paint and manufacturing.   

The kit also demonstrates the water tolerance of the CapSense MBR3 devices. The MBR3 ICs retain CapSense functionality in the presence of water droplets, streaming water and mist. Included in each MBR3 Evaluation Kit is a dropper for users to place water on the plastic overlays, enabling them to evaluate the water tolerance of the MBR3 device.

The kit works as a stand-alone unit and as an Arduino-compatible shield. It can be used to add a capacitive-button user interface to Arduino projects.

To apply for the MBR3 kit, go to the website and enter the Fast Track code PRC46A.


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