A project log for Der Maschinenmensch

From man To machine To machine man

M. BindhammerM. Bindhammer 12/12/2018 at 19:320 Comments

I managed to finish the design of the so called console, one of the human-machine interfaces of the robot. It consists mainly of a 3.2" touch TFT, two 16 ways capacitive touch keypads based on the TTP229 capacitive sensor with accurate sensing of up to 16 points, an Arduino Mega, a Mega touch TFT shield and some 3-D printed parts:


To have still access to the already occupied pins or not used pins on the Arduino Mega respectively the TFT shield I soldered angle male headers onto the according pins:

3-D printed part which holds the two TTP229 capacitive sensor PCB's to form a touch keyboard:

PCB's wired and mounted:

Later the two PCB's will be covered by a custom printed Lexan label done by a local printing shop and designed by myself in Inkscape, now only paper label for testing:

Got further 3-D printed parts today and mounted TFT and Arduino Mega:

An Adafruit precision DS3231 RTC  is mounted on its back:

Got the labels and tested the keyboard. It works like a charm even the capacitive pads are covered by the label, which has a thickness of 0.18 mm. Really an easy and reliable solution to build a touch keyboard. If you miss haptic feedback, you can add a vibration motor or a piezo actuator underneath the PCB's or in the enclosure of the keyboard:

Finished console As you can see, I started already to squeeze out the RTC to get as much as possible information about the robots environment, using some astronomical formulas, inter alia the Gauss's Easter algorithm: