The 'Turn Anything Into A Game Controller/Keyboard' Kit

May 23, 2012


The MaKey MaKey (rhymes with nakey nakey, eggs and bakey) is a little circuit board that can turn ANYTHING into a computer keyboard/controller by attaching alligator clips to the object. Hold on, let me copy/paste something that can explain it better than I can. Well, not BETTER than I can, just with way less effort on my part because I'm feeling a little under the weather today. I peed on myself last night, folks.

How Does it Work?

Alligator Clip two objects to the MaKey MaKey board. For example, you and an apple.

When you touch the apple, you make a connection, and MaKey MaKey sends the computer a keyboard message. The computer just thinks MaKey MaKey is a regular keyboard (or mouse). Therefore it works with all programs and webpages, because all programs and webpages take keyboard and mouse input.

What materials work with MaKey Makey?

Any material that can conduct at least a tiny bit of electricity will work (if it doesn't already work, just rub it with bananas, spray it with water, or apply copper tape). Here are some materials people have used in our workshops including Ketchup, Pencil Graphite, Finger Paint, Lemons, etc.

Other materials that work great: Plants, Coins, Your Grandma, Silverware, Anything that is Wet, Most Foods, Cats and Dogs, Aluminum Foil, Rain, and hundreds more...

Pretty neat, right? There's a Kickstarter page for the project, which exceeded its $25,000 funding goal in a few days and is now over $200,000. Still, donating $35 will get you a kit when they're released. But the question remains: will it work on nipples? One blogger plans to find out! Also, what good is a peripheral that turns your cats into a controller if the B button always runs and hides under a bed?

Hit the jump for a couple more pics of fun applications and a video explanation of the project.





Thanks to Valerie, RJ, evan and Craig, who just opened an Etsy store selling A and B button plus directional pad pasties.

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