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.