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Home > Art-Architecture, Education, Electronics, Fun, Make, Products, Technology > Makey Makey – An Invention Kit for Everyone | Douglas E. Welch Gift Guide 2016 #18

Makey Makey – An Invention Kit for Everyone | Douglas E. Welch Gift Guide 2016 #18

November 18th, 2016

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From Douglas…

We recently had a great demo of Makey Makey at the Hackerspace LA and it was a great hit. Who knew you could interface nearly anything — including bananas – to your PC and make your own crazy contraptions? (LAUGH)

From Makey Makey…

What is Makey Makey?

Turn the whole world into a keyboard. It’s a simple Invention Kit for Beginners or Experts doing art, engineering, and everything in between.

How Does it Work?

Alligator Clip two objects to the Makey Makey. For example, you and a banana (or an ice cube, or a kitty cat). When you touch the banana, the computer just thinks a keyboard key is being pressed, so you can type a letter, jump in a video game, take a picture, or play some music.

Who is Makey Makey For?

Kids, Artists, Educators, Engineers, Inventors, Makers. Really it is for everyone.

What materials work with Makey Makey?
Ketchup, Pencil Graphite, Finger Paint, Fruits, Plants, Coins, Your Grandma, Silverware, Anything that is Wet, Pets, Aluminum, Rain, and hundreds more. Really any material that can conduct at least a tiny bit of electricity.

What can I create?

Make a banana piano, play Mario on a play dough game pad, take a selfie of your cat every time she drinks water. How? First, load up a computer program or any webpage. Let’s say you load up a piano.
Then, instead of using the computer keyboard buttons to play the piano, you can hook the Makey Makey to something fun, like bananas, and the bananas become your piano keys.

Hundreds more of examples can be found at

Makey Makey – An Invention Kit for Everyone


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