DDR-MM

NOTE: This project comes from Jay Silver and Eric Rosenbaum, co-inventors of the MaKey MaKey.

Jump into wetness, squishiness, or just about anything! In this project, you’ll build a literally “splashy” dance pad for a game very similar to Dance, Dance Revolution. watch about 20 seconds of this video (from 0:39 onwards) to get a sense of what you’ll be building.

Be careful: This project can make you slip and fall or hurt your toes, so always do the project on a nice soft surface like soft sand or soft grass, and take caution to use soft bins or wear shoes so you don’t hurt your toes

For more details about setting up the MaKey MaKey in this way, check out the Musical Jars project guide on the JoyLabz site.

Steps

Step #1: See the result.

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Watch this video for 20 seconds to see an example 

http://youtu.be/rfQqh7iCcOU?t=39s

Step #2: Fill 4 dance-dipping bins.

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  • Find something that can hold water AND you can step in safely, like a rubber wash bin, plastic drawers, some number of really small kiddie pools, or whatever you can find, get creative!
  • Now for the final and most awesome step: fill the bins with something awesome: - Water - Jello  - Mud - Beer - Coffee - Spaghetti - Grapes - Pennies  - Ball bearings - Wet cotton balls - Wet t-shirts - Ice cubes

Step #3: Set up your electronics in a dry place.

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Set up a table with Makey Makey and a laptop away from the water and a good falling radius away from where you may topple into a big, puddly mess.

Step #4: Add wires.

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  • Get 4 (or however many bins you will have) long wires + 1 more wire for "Earth," for example solid core 6 ft to 10 ft long, which you may need to cut and strip from a wire spool with wirestrippers.
  • Run one of the wires each from, say each of the arrows on the Makey Makey, to each of the bins, and one wire from "Earth" to hold in your hand.

Step #5: Load a game.

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  • Load up some software like: -- piano -- bongos -- DDR -- or choose anything under the sun.
  • A DDR game: http://www.flashflashrevolution.com/FFR_the_Game.php

Step #6: Dance and dip to play!

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Hold a long ground wire in your hand, and dance!

Michelle "Binka" Hlubinka

Michelle "Binka" Hlubinka

Michelle, or Binka, is the Director of Custom Programs for Maker Media, overseeing publications, outreach, and programming for kids, families, and schools. Before joining Maker Media in 2007, she worked at the Exploratorium, in Mitchel Resnick’s Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab, and as a curriculum designer for various publishers and educational researchers. When she’s not supporting future makers, including her two young sons, Binka does some making of her own, most often as a visual artist.