Makey Makey - Standard Kit

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"I attended the Technology in Education program at Harvard Grad School of Education with one of the MakeyMakey creators, Eric Rosenbaum. Both of us were interested in ways that kids can create with technology." - Luz

Age: 8 and up
Skill level: Beginner

You may be the greatest living banana-pianist, but how will you ever know if you don’t make yourself a banana piano? Good news, that project and countless others are easier than you think they are with MaKey MaKey.

Using the MaKey MaKey you can make anything into a key (get it?) just by connecting a few alligator clips. The MaKey MaKey is an invention kit that tricks your computer into thinking that almost anything is a keyboard. This allows you to hook up all kinds of fun things as an input. For example, play Mario with a Play-Doh keyboard, or piano with fruit!

The MaKey MaKey uses high resistance switching to detect when you’ve made a connection even through materials that aren’t very conductive (like leaves, pasta or people). This technique attracts noise on the input, so a moving window averager is used to lowpass the noise. The on-board ATMega32u4 communicates with your computer using the Human Interface Device (HID) protocol which means that it can act like a keyboard or mouse.

There are six inputs on the front of the board, which can be attached to via alligator clipping, soldering to the pads, or any other method you can think of. There are another 12 inputs on the back, 6 for keyboard keys, and 6 for mouse motion, which you can access with jumpers via the female headers. If you wish to use a different set of keys, or otherwise change the behavior of your MaKey MaKey, you can simply reprogram it using the Arduino environment. Oh yeah, we didn’t mention that the MaKey MaKey is an Arduino-compatible controller? That’s right, it runs the Leonardo bootloader so reprogramming is fast and easy.

Note: Now included with the MaKey MaKey is a USB cable, pack of jumper wires as well as a pack of 

Includes:

  • No software necessary. Operates through USB
  • Works with any object that can conduct even a small amount of electricity.
  • Multiple MaKey MaKeys can be used together
  • Runs on Windows Mac OSX and Linux
  • Full kit includes MaKey MaKey, USB Cable, Alligator Clips and online documentation.

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