Good news! TI just let us know that the Capacitive Touch plugin for the Launchpad has been released and is now available for order.
The BoosterPack (430BOOST-SENSE1) is available for only $4.30 for the first 430 hours after launch (today). After this promotional period is over, it will be available for $10.
The Capacitive Touch BoosterPack is a complete reference design that plugs onto the LaunchPad, and features a capacitive touch button, scroll wheel, and proximity sensor. It also features 9 on-board LEDs and comes with a pre-programmed MSP430G2452 device, which features the new Capacitive Touch I/O ports. This unique I/O port enables developers to directly interface capacitive touch pads to the MSP430 without the need for external passive components. It also integrates the oscillation circuitry required for this capacitive touch implementation!
It also comes with an Open Source GUI to view what’s happening on the Launchpad in realtime. In addition to the GUI, a MediaPad application allows you to control Windows Media Player allowing you to skip, play, pause and change volume.