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Capacitive Coupling Between Adjacent Conductors

I have been unable to find a definitive answer to my questions after some extensive browsing online. My question involves the coupling between two adjacent conductors (wires, PCB traces, etc) due to ...
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How to “transfer” a capacitive touch?

First post on here so forgive me if I've done something wrong. I'm designing a product with a control panel and I wanted to use a capacitive touch for selecting options with an ATMega chip (those ...
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Heartrate measuring using capacitive touch sensor

I am new here, and I hope someone could help me. So I've read in the datasheet of the capacitive touch sensor ATMEL42QT1011 that we could use it as a heart rate sensor.But what I don't understand is ...
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Simple short range object proximity identification using capacitive sensing

I'm designign a device capable to sense proximity with other identintical devices and communicate that to a central node via bluetooth. The problem I'm trying to solve is showed in figure. So far ...
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Homemade shielding of a wire to a capacitive sensor

I'm using a capacitive sensor CAP1188 with Arduino, connecting 8 of its touch sensor inputs to 8 copper boards that I want to be the actual touch surfaces. The wires to the sensor are quite long ...
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Capacitive touch switches drop voltage and limits current

Bought two different touch switches/devices to toggle outputs to other devices. I use this on USB power so input is 5V. With use of a powerpack it can handle 2A max. NOTICE: Ask my question here ...
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capacitive switch behind a mirror (silver backing)

I am new to this field, and I would like to DIY a mirror with a hidden capacitive \inductive touch sensor behind it, once touched it will turn on a 12V LED light. I have bought a capacitive switch ...
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Grid is capacitive in the evening

what does this term mean? "the grid in the evening is capacitive"? I work at a company and we are working on integrating a battery storage system on a utility scale for peak shaving of solar. When we ...
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How to obtain the transfer function of the capacitive sensor?

I want to obtain the transfer function of this capacitive sensor which in the circuit, C is the variable capacitor that transforms displacement to electrical signal and E is the dc voltage source ...
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Convert capacitive touch sensing back to mechanical switches?

Capacitive sensing seems to replace often mechanical switches. Is there a way to convert them back to mechanical switches? Problem at hand is a cooking device with interfaces with the user via the ...
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How does capacitive EEG electrodes measures EEG signals

I have read the following sentences from an article: The effect that there are also charge displacements on the body surface due to brain activity is used for the capacitive measurement of the ...
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MPR121 low sensitivity problem

I bought the Adafruit MPR121 and connected it to a piece of metal which is covered by gaffer tape (no direct touch possible) talking to the MPR121 with the Adafruit library. The baseline/filtered ...
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Capacitive Moisture Sensor - Is AC or DC better/more accurate?

I am looking into making a capacitive moisture sensor. This has been discussed many times already, but I am not sure what is the better option, AC or DC. I want to run this off of a battery, so DC ...
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Which MCU (Atmel) I can use with QTouch library?

Some MCU have QTouch support - # touch channels implemented as a hardware. Is it true that QTouch library was designed only to work with such MCUs? Can I use it with, for example, 'old' ATmega48? Is ...
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Is there any material that obstructs or resists capacitive sensing?

For example, is there any material I can place over a capacitive sensor, or the finger or conductor approaching it, so that the sensor will no longer activate?
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Excessive temperature on cheap soldering iron - will series capacitor fix it?

Soldering iron came in a $14 USD kit off eBay. Lots of neat stuff, but the iron became so hot as to badly damage a DIY Kit. After a 2nd chance w/ the same results, it was hacked, Heating element of ...
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Trigger capacative button

My washing machine is equipped with a capacitive start button. A "button" is marked with paint on the plastic front and on the backside of the panel there is a spring extruding from the control PCB, ...
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What material can I lay over a capacitive touch screen that will still make it work?

So I am trying to build a capacitive touch screen in a table, but since the table is much larger then the touchscreen. I like to put something on top that not only make it easier to clean, but also ...
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Touchscreen Sniper [closed]

I was reading today about how capacitive touch works. This article on the Arduino site mentions that with a 40 Megaohm resistor you could detect an untouched "touch" from possibly 24 inches away. My ...
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How to calculate inductive and capacitive reactance?

I am studying a project that calculate reactance power. I can measure apparent power, real power and power factor. Therefore I can calculate total reactance power. But I don't know whether it is ...
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EMI RFI housing / protection. capacitive touch

Can i create a effective capacitive touch(hover) button? Since the first day (playing with mcu's) i was impressed about the capacitive touch lib. The first time everything worked perfectly i wanted ...
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How can I interface to a capacitive sensor and measure its value with my Netduino?

I've just bought a rain detector, not realizing it is a capacitive sensor (I had assumed it was going to be resistive, as most are). However, being capacitive means it can be sealed so no electrodes ...
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Making conductive traces for capacitive touchscreens

This is a follow-up to this question I asked years ago. A short summary: I'm using a head pointer (see my linked question for a photo) with a tip made of plastic, thus non-conductive. The shaft is ...
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Capacitive Sensing and Dielectric Coupling

I have a design that uses the MPR121 capacitive sensor. It's a very simple board with 10 "slider electrodes". Standard 2 layer construction with FR4 .063" thick. The board interfaces with a ...
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Need help for calculation of this capacitive power supply

Look at this circuit. It's an almost complete capacitive power supply with necessary part. simulate this circuit – Schematic created using CircuitLab I have trouble calculating: the ...
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capacitive power suplply

i have following doubts about capacitive power supply or transformerless power supply... what will be real power drawn, will it be 230 x (current flowing through C1) or 6 x (current flowing through ...
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How to do capacitance measurement with high frequency oscillator

There are many types of capacitance sensors. I recently come across moisture sensors which measure the dielectric constants of the materials and correlate them to the water content level. It turns out ...
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What is the minimal capacitor (capitor type/size/capacity) needed to fool a capacitive touch screen? [duplicate]

Say I want to provide a device (completely batteryless of course, and detached from any human touch) the capability to immitate a touch on a capacitive screen (Galaxy S6 here). I know I just need some ...
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How to make 1 bit permanent memory circuit?

I would like to make a simple circuit to store or save 1 bit of data. The circuit should be able to remember the state of an LED ( on or off ) even if the supply is disconnected from the circuit. I ...
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What material can I lay over a capacitive touch screen to block its operation, while still allowing me to see it? [closed]

I own a Kindle Voyage and would like to be able to hold it anywhere, not just along the edges, while reading. So I'm looking for a material that's clear to read through, relatively lightweight, and ...
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Simple capacitive proximity/touch sensor problem

I've found one simple schematics for capacitive sensor on electronics-project-design.com, and implemented it as follows: The B? is 9v battery. Sorry for the odd-looking schematics: gschem usability ...
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capacitive sensor and wire length

I'm a newbie and I've been playing with the awesome Adafruit CAP1188 capacitive touch gizmo. As long as I keep the length of the wires from the CAP1188 to my copper sticky pads to a couple of feet, ...
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How do you measure soil moisture using a capacitive sensor?

There are a number of capacitive moisture sensor designs on the internet, which use the insulated copper pads on a PCB.For example: ...
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Capacitive sensing between two copper plates

Is it possible to detect touch event and its position coordinates between two copper plates spaced apart by approximately 6-7 centimeters? The space between plates have to be transparent.
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What sensors can accurately detect size of content in a closed container such as number of pills in a pill box?

I am a DIY enthusiast playing with different sensors and electronics. Recently I've been trying to make a pill box for my grandparents to track their medicine intake. However, I cannot determine ...
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Finding the touching angle on a touch-screen?

I am wondering if it is possible to detect from which direction (or at which angle) a human touches a touchscreen. Imagine something like this: Is there any technology out there (e.g. special ...
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Given the dynamic and static power consumption how does one determine the total power for the capacitive load?

I get that the capacitive load is determined which is also indicated by this question: $$\frac{Power}{Voltage^2 \times frequency} = Capacitive Load$$ However, I am not sure how power (which is ...
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capacitive touch screen

I am currently trying to build a capacitive touch screen. My end goal is to create a giant track pad/keyboard for my computer. Since abnormally large touch screens are quite pricy I have set out to ...
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Are capacitive display(s) capable of measuring what fraction of a finger is touched?

I'm really curious to get an answer for this question. Since I don't know the functioning of a capacitive display and Google didn't help me on this issue, I landed here. :) Are capacitive displays ...
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Feasibility- Flex Capacitive Touchpad

I'm a student(don't know much on Eagle) working on a project where I need a way of multi-touch finger tracking on flexible material. Will flex pcbs work?
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QTouch Matrix ATmega8 issues

After trying a lot on QTouch Matrix for ATmega8,It didn't work for me. So sharing the trouble here. I have taken reference from this beautiful article. Here he had provided a schematic and PCB ...
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What are possible reasons for this not to work

I connected a 5V relay to an Arduino. It then opened and closed the relay, which had on a terminal (doesn't matter which one?) a wire that went to an iPhone' screen (with tin foil at the tip). On the ...
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Capacitive ECG electrodes and capacitor discharge

I am trying to make ecg electrodes with capacitive coupling. Since my capacitor is only about 10 pF at max and I have to have as low cut-off frequncy as possible, I came up with a circuit like this. ...
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Inrush current limiter - design questions/review

I am considering to use the inrush current limiting circuit that was suggested in this answer. I have a pretty big capacitive load of about 40000uF to charge. Its a buffer for a GSM modem that needs ...
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Capacitor Touch switch with QTouch

I have been working on QTouch Implementation for ATmega32 Micro controller. I have taken reference from here. I'm facing issue with grounding Problem. For debugging process I am displaying the result ...
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Electric shock from laptop due to capacitive coupling?

If a person touches an exposed wire (the wire has a ground-prong) on the 20V side of a power cable while barefoot, I heard that it is possible to receive a shock of higher than 20V due to capacitive ...
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Causes of ringing in a PCB

Im trying to understand the source of ringing at the termination point of a PCB traces before i delve into actually designing a PCB. For example, by 'termination point', I mean a clock signal ...
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Insufficient ground supply on my circuit? Ground capacitive foil

I'm playing with a wireless sensor device (with atmega, xbee, and Capacitive sensor (simple foil)) that works fine with the lab power supply but as soon as I try it with AA batteries stops working. ...
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Capacitive touch directly above LEDs

I'm trying to make a design where the user can run his/her finger directly over a series of 10 LEDs (covered with 1 mm glass), and the LEDs should glow on/off based on the finger's position. I wish ...
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Calculating the voltage out of this particular cap coupled circuit

Before I get to my question, I'll just go over the input and output of the circuit from what I "know". The base of the BJT gets a 20 microsecond pulse that puts the bjt well into saturation and "VOUT" ...