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May 17, 2012

MaKey MaKey: An Invention Kit for Everyone

Kickstarter has brought us yet another mind-blowing product; this time it is for an “invention kit for the 21st century.” Not descriptive enough? It is a product that allows people to turn everyday objects into touchpads for direct manipulation of digital content. The product is called MaKey MaKey, and yes, it literally allows you to turn anything that conducts electricity into a touchpad: bananas, play-doh, even graphite pencil marks. It works very much like an Arduino, allowing users to rapid prototype their inventions and ideas, or just to have a little fun. But beyond that, it combines creativity and technology, shifting interaction from the keyboard and mouse to everyday objects. According to their Kickstarter page, “We are inspired by the Maker Movement. We want to help people start to think of themselves as Makers and agents of change. When you have the “Maker’s Mindset,” you know you can change the world.” The project has raised more than double it’s projected goal, but you can still back this product to get your own MaKey MaKey when they come off the production line. Check out the video below for a stunning demonstration of exactly what this thing is capable of.