Makey Makey

Makey Makey is an invention kit that encourages people to find creative ways to interact with their computers.

(Please note:  Makey Makeys may not be returned in the book drop – they must be returned to the desk)

From the makers of Makey Makey: “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 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). 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.”