Innovation & Technology: MaKey MaKey

Created by MIT Media Lab students Jay Silver and Eric Rosenbaum, MaKey MaKey is an invention kit that enables anyone to transform everyday objects into the controls of a computer keyboard or touchpad.

The project uses an Arduino interface board, which features six inputs for attaching alligator clips.  The board itself connects to a computer through a USB cable, while the ends of the clips can be connected to objects, such as food or play-doh.  The inputs control the computer’s functions, including as the space bar, control pad or the mouse.

It’s an imaginative and simple open-source kit, encouraging us to not simply consume technology, but to modify it to make it bespoke for our personal requirements.  As technology becomes more ubiquitous and more accessible, we are likely to see more creative ‘hacker’ and ‘maker’ projects like this.

“We believe that everyone is creative, inventive, and imaginative. We believe that everyone can create the future and change the world. So we have dedicated our lives to making easy-to-use invention kits, “ explain the users on their website page.

Click on the project’s Kickstarter page for more information. – Samantha Fox

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