Introduction: OCD Councelor

I made it and improve this project’s arduino part based on paper piano with arduino--

You could also find this original idea in paper piano with arduino-- Arduino Project Hub The changes I've done to the paper piano above is not only the appearance but also the way that the wires are connected to the breadboard. Using the previous way cause few problems: the wires are too close to each other and they're sensitive, so the sounds won't stop unless you could separate the wires from not touching each other, but this could be tough because how the wires are designed to be put closely. Also, there are few mistakes in the schematic. That's the main reason why I changed these places. This project is also used in the Arduino Paper Piano which I’ve posted on the Instructables The reason I want to do something for the people with OCD problems (even though mine designment may only influence a little) is because I have some family members and friends that suffered from it before. That’s why I thought maybe I could do something to help them. This project is mainly an extension of the Arduino Paper Piano, few changes I’ve done first is the appearance and the whole thing’s texture, another will be the sponge in front of where your fingers will put while playing the music. The music is more relaxing than just the pitch getting higher from C3 to C4. In fact, all these changes all improves the project to look more charming and may help the OCD people to relax and think of nothing.


  • Male-to-male jumper wires
  • Breadboard
  • Arduino Uno or Arduino Leonardo
  • Resistor 1M ohm
  • Speaker
  • Really thick cardboards
  • Paper boxes(cut them into large pieces)
  • Aluminum foil
  • Some decorating papers

Step 1: What Is Arduino?

Step 2: Downloading Arduino

Step 3: Capacitive Sensing

Capacitive touch sensing is a way of human touch sensing, that requires little or no force to activate. It may be used to sense human touch through more than a quarter of an inch of plastic, wood, ceramic or other insulating material (not any kind of metal though), enabling the sensor to be completely visually concealed.

Step 4: Why Capacitive Touch?

  • Each touch sensor requires only one wire connected to it.
  • Can be concealed under any non-metallic material.
  • Can be easily used in place of a button.
  • Can detect a hand from a few inches away, if required.
  • Very inexpensive.

Step 5: How It Works

The sensor plate and your body forms a capacitor. We know that a capacitor stores charge. The more its capacitance, the more charge it can store.

The capacitance of this capacitive touch sensor depends on how close your hand is to the plate.

Step 6: What Is OCD(Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)?

Down below are some websites that introduced about what OCD is and how people act when they are suffering from the problems of OCD.

Step 7: How to Help People With OCD?

These websites showed some of the treatments for OCD and ways to improve people with OCD’s life

According to these resources, I designed a music puzzle to comfort them and able to release stress.

Step 8: Schematics

Step 9: Code

Step 10: Process