The MaKey MaKey – by Jay Silver and Eric Rosenbaum, made by JoyLabz! enables you to play games on the internet using Play-Doh or Piano on Bananas? Alligator clip the Internet to Your World. MaKey MaKey is an invention kit for the 21st century. Turn everyday objects into touchpads and combine them with the internet. It’s a simple Invention Kit for Beginners and Experts doing art, engineering, and everything in between!
How Does it Work? Alligator Clip two objects to the MaKey MaKey board. When you touch the object for example an 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. Make + Key = MaKey MaKey!
Who is MaKey MaKey For? Artists, Kids, Educators, Engineers, Designers, Inventors, Makers… Really it is for everyone.
What materials work with MaKey Makey?
Any material that can conduct at least a tiny bit of electricity will work. 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…
Pupil’s of Willows High School Music Technology Department introduce the Banana Piano and thePaper Piano. In this video they are using the Microsoft Piano Time App available in the Windows App Store for free.
Our first attempt at making a paper instrument.
Here is our floor piano using children’s play mats, aluminium tape and the makey makey.
First attempt at using instruments as triggers for sounds. The next step will be to introduce other instruments and build and interactive wall display where pupils can touch the instruments and listen to the sound they make.
Using the makey makey and a pair of gloves I have made an electronic instrument. You can assign different sounds to each finger.
Using the Makey Makey we have created interactive posters, by touching different parts of the poster different instrument sounds will be triggered.
Using the same method as the Interactive Instruments I have made a Wearable piece of technology using a t-shirt, t-shirt printing paper and conductive thread. Sounds can be triggered and a computer can be controlled.