Makey Makey - An Invention Kit for Everyone
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- Turn everyday objects like bananas into touchpads!
- Connect the world around you to your computer! Setup takes just seconds.
- Just plug, clip, and play! No programing knowledge needed.
- 1000s of possibilities! Draw your own game controller! Dance like never before!
- No software to install. Works with Mac and Windows.
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1000s of possibilities. Setup takes just seconds. Just plug, clip, and play!
Make a banana piano!
Find a free virtual piano from the web. Instead of using your keyboard to play the piano, connect the keys on the Makey Makey to bananas. The bananas then become your piano keys!
Draw your own game controller!
Load up your favorite game or find a new one online. Draw the controls on a notepad with a pencil. Alligator clip the buttons, ground yourself, and play!
Dance like never before!
Make life-size game controllers you can jump on! When your foot touches water in a tub, or aluminum foil on the floor, you can play a dancing game or make your character jump!
Sneak yourself a cat selfie!
Set up a conductive pad (silver foil) and a water bowl for the kitty. Hook them up to set off your laptop camera when he comes to have a drink! Hundreds more examples on the official website.
Invented at MIT
Designed by MIT PhD’s to be simple and foster true project based creative learning.
A staircase or even a whole house can become a musical instrument. Build creative confidence!
Rewire the world
Ten lesson plans tied to common core and 18 creative guides available at the official website.
Make Stem learning fun!
Using only alligator clips and a webpage, you can learn circuits, user interface design, and physical computing.
Ever played Mario on Play-Doh? or Piano on Bananas?
Makey Makey is a simple circuit board that lets you reprogram the world by connecting everyday objects to a computer.
First setup takes seconds.
Start out easy with a banana piano. Then make game controllers, musical instruments, and inventions.
Warning: extended use may result in creative confidence!
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 MakeyMakey.com
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Makey v1.2 is an ultra-beginner kit that drops support of all of the advanced functionality from the first version, and is massively over-priced.
* Simple, out of the box device for kids and new-to-technology people.
* Emulates USB keyboard & mouse for easy support in whatever you want.
* Web-based sample music player
* Web-based keyboard re-mapper.
* Could be remapped to your own music program
* Could be remapped to video-game controls
* Major architectural change drops support for all pre-2015 programs
* No longer supports AVR/ATMega/Arduino
* Low power PIC processor using PIC-BASIC
* Way over-priced for the new style - about 50%.
The picture is no longer correct. Since late 2014, it is no longer an Arduino board. It is PIC18F25K50 and labeled V1.2. See the makeymakey webpage FAQ for a picture of the current board. Most v1.1 and earlier boards are long since sold out.
With the v1.2 board, it uses a PIC18F25K50 processor, which does not support any of the AVR / ATMEGA / Arduino code that might be available.
You can go to the makeymakey website to reprogram keys through a special procedure, but basically this is 100% only a keyboard button box. Their webpage has a couple of fun things to do with the "keypresses", and you can use this with any other program that takes keyboard input.
They have a small scratch project that is a sound board for the default keys (arrows, space, mouse-click), and you can probably find a bunch of others on the MIT website.
You can write your own programs in Scratch, or anything else, that takes keyboard input.
You can use this as a basic game controller if it supports arrow keys. OR, you could reprogram it to WASD and let your kids play a game with that.
For what it is now, it's kind of expensive. A pack of aligator clips, plus a very simple PIC development board, plus a pre-installed USB keyboard emulator, can be had for about half the cost.
Where this shines is the polish. Very young kids can just plug and go. But, for that, a Makey Makey GO may be more appropriate (about half the cost, but only one button).
The drawback is, if they close down their website, or drop support for this product, then it's useless unless you get your own PIC programmer.
The original shining light of the MakeyMakey was that it was an Arduino board, with some neat example stuff included. You could progress from the basic keypress activities into more complex programs on the Arduino itself. Now, that's not the case.
For comparison, look up a P-Star 25K50. That, plus a USB to mini-USB cable, plus a pack of alligator clips, should cost a third to a half of the Makey Makey v1.2. Compare to a Makey Go which is one button, and costs less than half of this, and just drops some of the contacts and wires.
Or to compare price, you can get a WHOLE COMPUTER for the price of one of these, such as a Raspberry Pi plus a screen, or an older Android phone, all of which would allow you to have touch controls (but maybe not wires into fruit).
If your library has one of these, then check it out, and return it once you're done.
If you're a tinkerer, get a PIC board with holes, and load in a USB keyboard/mouse program from a pic-basic site to do the same thing.
If you're intermediate, then just pick up an Arduino, or Tiny AVR, or similar, which has SO much more support, really low cost, and is much more flexible than a PIC processor (but uses a tiny tiny tiny bit more electricy).