Capacitive Touch panel without LCD screen


I'm pretty new to Arduino and working on a project that doesn't seem to have a plug-and-play solution out there. So hopefully someone here has done something similar or can point me in the right direction.

The goal is to have a capacitive touch panel that is placed over a printout of the buttons (no LDC screen). I get that a screen would probably be easier, but that is the requirement. Then the user would touch the panel to click the printed buttons underneath. I've figured out how to code the button interactions but not how to connect the screen or get x and y coordinates and a way to detect a real touch (probably pressure).

I'm not totally sold on a specific touch panel yet, so if someone has done this with something else a link to that with some info on how they did it would be awesome, but I did buy this one to get started. (It has fast shipping from amazon)
8" Capacitive Touch Panel VS080TC01-A1

Here is the data sheet for the controller.

I found there are some touch / screen libraries from adafruit but i'm not sure if these would directly work with the existing screen. Also it has a USB output but i'm not sure if that can be easily used as an input or if the input would be parsable by an existing library.

So other than the general question of how would someone with experience go about doing this, I'd like to know if someone could help with how to connect that screen to an arduino. I have a nano right now but could get another device if needed for the correct inputs / pins.

Thanks so much!

You can only connect a USB device like this to a USB host. So that rules out a nano altogether unless you add a USB host shield.
Some types of Arduino are capable of acting as a USB host, like the Due. But then you will have to write the software that accepts whatever USB interface that touch screen presents. Not an easy task.

That touch screen is very expensive for what it is, I never understood why people think Amazon have good prices.

That data sheet is just for the big controller chip not the whole board. It does say there is an I2C interface on it but it is unclear if this is brought out on the board it is mounted on.

No library written for an Arduino will work with this board.

But the delivery is so fast! :sunglasses:

(Never used them; obviously don't have an account so whenever they ring me up and tell me in barely comprehensible English there is some transaction I need to confirm or rescind by giving them remote access to my PC, I bunker down for a little entertainment. :grin:)

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