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Sunday, May 27, 2012

MaKey MaKey - Make your own bananas keyboard

 What's MaKey MaKey? - MaKey MaKey is an invention kit for the 21st century. Turn everyday objects into touchpads and combine them with the internet. It's a simple Invention Kit for Beginners and Experts doing art, engineering, and everything inbetween. Scroll down to watch the video.

It comes ready to use out of the box with everything you see above: MaKey MaKey, Alligator Clips, USB Cable.

What Can I Make? - That's up to you! First, load up a computer program or any webpage (yes that's right, you're surfing the internet to invent). Let's say you load up a piano. Then, instead of using the computer keyboard buttons to play the piano, you can hook up the MaKey MaKey to something fun, like bananas, and the bananas become your piano keys.

Or let's say you Google for an online "Pacman" game and draw a joystick with a pencil (yes, an actual ordinary pencil). Then you can play Pacman by touching the drawing with your finger.

How Does it Work? - Alligator Clip two objects to the MaKey MaKey board. For example, you and an apple.When you touch the apple, you make a connection, and MaKey MaKey sends the computer a keyboard message. The computer just thinks MaKey MaKey is a regular keyboard (or mouse). Therefore it works with all programs and webpages, because all programs and webpages take keyboard and mouse input.

What materials work with MaKey Makey? - Any material that can conduct at least a tiny bit of electricity will work. Here are some materials that work great: Ketchup, Pencil Graphite, Finger Paint, Lemons, Plants, Coins, Your Grandma, Silverware, Anything that is Wet, Most Foods, Cats and Dogs, Aluminum Foil, Rain, and hundreds more.

The back of the board has hookups for 6 keyboard keys, and mouse control