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What did we do with MAKEY MAKEY?

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What is a Makey Makey?  It is actually kind of hard to describe in words.  Essentially it is a switch that uses anything conductive to replace the keys on a standard keyboard.  There is much more information on the Makey Makey website.

The Makey Makey is our newest toy in MAKESHOP.  As I mentioned, the Makey Makey is a variable switch that replaces a standard keyboard and allows you to interface with a computer using nontraditional conductive items.  Anything that is the slightest bit conductive can become a switch and in turn, becomes a keyboard button.

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I played with the Makey Makey at last year’s Mini Maker Faire and saw that the makers were using Scratch to interface with the Makey Makey.  I know how to use Scratch… so I created a simple Scratch game that utilizes the Makey Makey.  I hooked up the Makey Makey to some conductive materials that happened to be lying around the shop. I found a bolt, a wrench and a hinge.  I made some simple representations of them in Scratch and wrote some simple programs for each sprite.

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Therefore, when you touch the actual wrench the digital wrench spins and so on…More experiments to come.

-Kevin

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