The MPR121QR2 IC is a great way to build simple capacitive touch interfaces, and now it’s even easier to incorporate into your Arduino projects with the touch shield. The SparkFun Touch Shield has 9 capacitive touch pads, with headers for the remaining 3 electrode connections. With this shield you can have a total of 12 touch sensitive buttons. An on-board logic level converter allows it to work with 5V and 3.3V Arduino boards. Simply solder on some header pins and stack it on to your Arduino for a convenient input device. Check below for some example code to get you started.