Jason Haber of the Irresponsible Dads of Alameda has put together an interactive art piece called Unnecessarily High Five. The inspiration for the piece came from the seemingly-irresistible need for people to give high fives.

“We thought “why not make a device that challenges you to give your highest five,'” Haber said.

From there the group sourced flat-palmed mannequin arms and built a scaled high-five device. The apparatus first debuted at Burning Man, but they have been showcasing it at Maker Faire ever since.

This year at Maker Faire, there are a couple of tweaks. The palms of the mannequin arms have LightBlue Bean sensors to track the number of high fives given out. The team has even built a website that gives the crowd up-to-date tracking on the recorded number of high fives in each position. Another addition is an extra low hand nicknamed Arm Zero. This hand gives all high fivers the opportunity to participate. Check out more high-five action at their Facebook page.

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Mike Senese

Mike Senese

Mike Senese is the Executive Editor of Make: magazine. He is also a TV host, starring in various engineering and science shows for Discovery Channel, including Punkin Chunkin, How Stuff Works, and Catch It Keep It.

An avid maker, Mike spends his spare time tinkering with remote-control aircraft, doing amateur woodworking, and attempting to cook the perfect pizza.

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