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What is MaKey MaKey?
MaKey MaKey is an invention kit for the 21st century. Turn everyday objects into touchpads and combine them with the internet. It's a simple Invention Kit for beginners and experts doing art, engineering, and everything in between.
How Does it Work?
Alligator Clip two objects to the MaKey MaKey board. For example, you and a banana.
When you touch the banana, you make a connection, and MaKey MaKey sends the computer a keyboard message. The computer just thinks MaKey MaKey is a regular keyboard (or mouse). Therefore it works with all programs and webpages, because all programs and webpages take keyboard and mouse input.
What Can I Make?
That's up to you! First, load up a computer program or any webpage. Let's say you load up a piano. Then, instead of using the computer keyboard buttons to play the piano, you can hook up the MaKey MaKey to something fun, like bananas, and the bananas become your piano keys.
Or let's say you Google for an online Pacman game and draw a joystick with a pencil:
Then you can play Pacman by touching the drawing.
Or you could load up Facebook or gmail and send a message on a custom-made alphabet-soup keyboard: