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After a delay from hurricane Sandy, MaKey MaKeys have arrived in the Maker Shed! In case you haven’t heard, the MaKey MaKey is a Arduino based interface for computer interaction. It lets you to turn nearly any somewhat conductive object (like oranges, bacon, or your labradoodle) into a keyboard key. Sound complicated? Not in the least!

As you can see, the MaKey MaKey opens the door to interactive projects and fun. Want to make a drum kit with bread dough? How about playing the star spangled banner by munching on your lunch? With the MaKey MaKey it’s possible.

The MaKey Makey was developed by Jay Silver and Eric Rosenbaum at the MIT Media Lab with the intention of making something that can turn anyone into an inventor. The front of the device has 6 inputs arranged like a classic (and my favorite) video game controller. These inputs can be attached via the included alligator clips, soldering to the pads, or any other electrical connection. Need more inputs? There are 12 more inputs on the back, 6 for keyboard keys and 6 for mouse motion, all of which can be accessed by connecting jumpers to the female headers.

Do you know what you’d do with a MaKey MaKey? Say something in the comments!

Michael Castor

I am the Evangelist for the Maker Shed. It seems that there is no limit to my making interests. I’m a tinkerer at heart and have a passion for solving problems and figuring out how things work. When not working for Make I can be found falling off my unicycle, running in adverse weather conditions, skiing down the nearest hill, restoring vintage motorcycles, or working on my car.


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