MaKey MaKey: Invention Kit for the 21st Century

MaKey MaKey is a printed circuit that uses Human Device Protocol (HID) to communicate with your computer. It can send key presses, mouse clicks, and mouse movements. The high-resistance switching enables MaKey MaKey to sense closed switches on the digital input pins even if the material used is your own skin, leaves, or play-doh. makey-makey-06a There are 6 inputs in the front board. They can be attached to via alligator clipping, soldering to the pads, or any method you can think of. makey-makey-08a At the back, there are 12 inputs you can access with jumpers via the female headers. 6 for the keyboard and 6 for the mouse motion. makey-makey-07b MaKey MaKey enables you to turn everyday objects into touch pads and combine them with the internet. It’s a simple Invention Kit for Beginners and Experts in arts, engineering, or everything in between. makey-makey-04a Any material that can conduct even a little electricity will work or even it doesn’t work, simply rub that material with bananas, spray it with water, or apply copper tape. Some of the materials that have been used with MaKey MaKey are Ketchup, Finger Paint, Lemons, and Pencil Graphite. makey-makey-10a You can even play Online Pacman using MaKey MaKey just by drawing a joystick on a piece of paper and touching the drawing. makey-makey-05a MaKey MaKey works with any laptop or computer with USB port. The operating systems that are tested to work with MaKey MaKey are Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Mac OSX. Video:

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