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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
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.