With nearly limitless hackability, MaKey MaKey is a standout holiday gift for the inventor in your life. This kit turns everyday objects into input devices, allowing creative minds to interact with software like never before.
Why We Love It
Why We Love It
The MaKey MaKey unleashes creativity in a way we have never seen before. The set lets you turn everyday objects into input devices (like a keyboard or mouse), opening a world of endless opportunity. The team was able to raise over $500K on their Kickstarter, which seeded an extremely active community around the world of newly-minted inventors and tinkerers.
We love this device because it is making invention accessible. It's easy to figure out how to use the MaKey MaKey at any age.
Not only is the MaKey MaKey a great tool for simple inventing and learning, it also doubles as a fully functional Arduino when it is put into "Arduino mode". It has versatility - you can start out as a total beginner, and then as your knowledge expands, move into much more advanced exploration. It is fully reprogrammable using the Arduino environment and you can easily change the key inputs.
The MaKey MaKey can control motors, LEDs or any other devices that you can typically control with an Arduino. This feature allows you to further explore the capabilities of the MaKey MaKey and its more advanced functionalities.
We were hooked after our first project - we built a video game controller using apple juice bottles. Check out the video!
The MIT Media Lab duo, Jay Silver and Eric Rosenbaum, designed the MaKey MaKey to have an almost non-existent learning curve, and getting up and running is really simple. You just connect the MaKey MaKey via USB to a computer and attach the included alligator clips to anything, and we mean anything, that conducts electricity (even people). Once you put the clips in place you can start playing with it immediately.
The possibilities are infinite. Check out their community ideas forum if you need some inspiration. We will be building the "Bat Cave Piano Password" soon.
At Grand St. we built a video game controller out of bottles, a drum set using pot lids and jamwithchrome.com, and a guitar player using graphite on paper.
Nuts & Bolts
MaKey MaKey. Endless possibilities.
USB Cable. To power the MaKey MaKey and transfer new code.
7 Alligator Clips. Hook up the MaKey MaKey to anything that conducts electricity.
6 Connector Wires. To use the header inputs (Keyboard and Mouse).
Quick Start Guide. Good to have, but you'll figure it out on your own. It is that simple.