Invention Kit

By MaKey MaKey

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DIY Circuit board kit that turns objects that conduct electricity into user interfaces and keyboard controllers. Ages 12+ (or younger with supervision).

    Kit includes:
  • MaKey MaKey
  • Red USB cable
  • 7 alligator clips
  • 6 connector wires
  • Quick start guide
  • Ages 12+ (or younger with adult supervision)
  • Operates on Windows, Mac, and Linux
  • Requires USB input (iPad needs connector available from Apple)
  • Made in China
  • Dimensions (in packaging): 6.1" x 3.7" x 1.7"
  • Weight: 0.3 lb.
  • Plug in USB: Small side of USB cable plugs into MaKey MaKey, big side plugs into computer
  • Close Popup Window: Your computer may ask you to install drivers or do other setup. You can click cancel or close the window
  • Connect to Earth: Connect one end of an alligator clip to "Earth" on the bottom of the front side of MaKey MaKey
  • Connect to yourself: Hold the metal part of the other end of the alligator clip between your fingers. You are now "grounded"
  • Connect to anything: Make anything into a key! Connections can be made through anything even slightly conductive

7 Reviews (4.5 out of 5 Grommets)

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Great for future inventors

12/27/2013 by Heather

It does not look like much coming out of the box and if there are instructions of any sort, they were lost in the holiday shuffle. I shared this video my 10 year old son and we hooked the first item up together. Once he saw it in action, both he and his older brother were on the hunt for more to try and make. He is hooked - we like it a lot.

I love that it demystifies computer components too - they are in everything so working with them and making them accessible opens the doors to many things in the future.
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12/10/2013 by patricia

Embarassing to give as a gift. Does not look anywhere near worth the price. I expect my 7 year-old nephew to be disappointed.

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MaKey MaKey - Invention Kit

About MaKey MaKey

Everyone Invents

Feed your inner inventor (or inspire a future inventor) with an almost-too-cool-to-believe tool that lets you turn chess pieces into computer keys or use pots and pans to play digital drums.

MaKey MaKey gives digital life to inanimate objects—food, plants, coins, lead, toys, cutlery and more. With the kit, you can transform any object that can conduct electricity into a touch interface or computer keyboard controller. The inventors are Jay Silver and Eric Rosenbaum, who are final-year PhD students at the famed MIT Media Lab. Jay and Eric believe that everyone is inventive and imaginative, and they’ve dedicated themselves to making user-friendly kits that fuel the world’s creativity.

The MaKey MaKey kit includes a circuit board, USB cable, seven alligator clips, and six connector wires. When you clip one of the connector wires to an object, you’re assigning a specific keyboard control to that object. So if you press the banana or baseball (or whatever you’ve picked), your computer thinks you’re pressing a keyboard key and it performs the action. Pressing a penny could type a “p,” for example. Or, you could set up your own controls for an online game using four marshmallows to represent the left, right, up and down arrows on a keyboard. You can even connect people: if you connect one person to ground, and another to an input, you can trigger sounds when they high-five.

The only limit is your imagination.