An incredible introduction to circuits and controls, the MaKey MaKey is about as hands-on as inventing gets. Designed by two very clever chaps in the US, and originally launched through Kickstarter, we’re super excited to bring you this UK exclusive.
Basically, MaKey MaKey allows you to create computer controllers from everyday items. All you need is the kit, some crocodile clips and an assortment of objects. Any material that will conduct even a slight electrical current will work as a control surface; from Play-Doh to pencils, from grapes to Grandma.
You can even draw a pencil controller
Simply load up a program – games, instruments, word processors, you name it – and plug in the MaKey MaKey board; then it’s just a case of deciding what does what. You can control Pac-Man from a pencil drawing, or turn a staircase into a piano.
The best thing about MaKey MaKey is its simplicity. Rather than requiring hours of setup and study, you can open the box and be experimenting immediately. Making it perfect for budding boffins, expert engineers and everyone in between.
Crocodile clip the internet to your world
This is v1.2 of Makey Makey
Requires a computer with USB access
Bananas, grandmas, Play-Doh and macaroni not included
Turn everyday objects into touchpads and combine them with the internet. It's a invention kit for beginners and experts doing art, engineering and everything inbetween:
Compatible with over 5 million software apps, including Tetris
Try using Makey Makey with Powerpoint, Photobooth, Music Players, Video Players (including YouTube), Garage Band
Conductive with most fruits and vegetables, marshmallows, gummy sweets, macaroni and cheese, cupcakes, shrimp, plants, Play-Doh, people (connect one person to ground, and another to an input, and you can trigger sounds when they high-five), graphite from a pencil (make thick, dark lines, and be sure to draw on a smooth surface), foil and other metal objects, coins, magnets, nuts and bolts, forks and knives, or pots and pans
MaKey MaKey board
7x Crocodile clips
6x Connection cables
Is it easy to use?
Yes. Really all you have to do is alligator clip stuff together and surf the web to find a cool application.
How many alligator clips will come with a Makey Makey?
7 alligator clips and 6 connector wires. Also 1 usb cable. No extra purchases necessary to get the thing to work.
How many keys can be pressed at once with a Makey Makey?
Makey Makey can press as many keys as your keyboard allows at once, which is 6. You can use up to 18 in a session (6 on the front of MaKey MaKey and 12 on the back), but only 6 can be held down simultaneously.
What operating systems does Makey Makey run on?
Windows, Mac OSX and Linux (it has not been tested with every available flavour of Linux).
Can the Makey Makey trigger any keys on the keyboard?
Yes, this is configurable in a settings.h file in the MaKey MaKey sketch in the Arduino IDE.
Can I use multiple Makey Makeys at once on 1 computer?
Yes! You can plug in two or more at once and create an orchestra of Makey Makeys! (tested with up to 3, but could work for more)
How do I use the back of the MaKey MaKey?
The connections on the back of the MaKey MaKey are what's called "female header." They're rows of little sockets, designed for wires to stick into. One easy way to use them is with connector wires (a.k.a. jumper wires), which are wires with little pins on either end that stick nicely into the header. These come in the kit. You can also buy them separately, but be sure to get the male/male ones. Jumpers are convenient, but you can also plug regular wire into the header. Solid core wire is best, and you will need wire strippers to remove the insulation from the ends of the wire. You can also find clever ways to use stuff you already have- for example, we've found that both paper clips and safety pins work great for this purpose!