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 (get it?) 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). This technique attracts noise on the input, so a moving window averager is used to lowpass the noise. 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. If you wish to use a different set of keys, or otherwise change the behavior of your MaKey MaKey, you can simply reprogram it using the Arduino environment. Oh yeah, we didn't mention that the MaKey MaKey is an Arduino-compatible controller? That's right, it runs the Leonardo bootloader so reprogramming is fast and easy.
Note: See the GitHub link below for support with the Arduino IDE.
- 1 x MaKey MaKey HID Board
- 1 x Alligator Clip Pack
- 1 x Mini-USB Cable
- 1x Jumper Wire Pack
Hi, Do these items come all boxed up? I am looking to buy some for my primary school. Thanks.
Posted byon Thursday, 13 October 2016
They come in individual boxes, yes.
Hi I need to order 24 Makey Makeys - what would be your best price for a bulk order like this? Thanks Jill Hodges, Fire Tech Camp
Posted byon Wednesday, 8 July 2015
Hi Jill, the best price we could offer on this item is the price stated on the website, we wouldn’t be able to offer any discounts for buying this in bulk.
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