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MaKey MaKey

MaKey MaKey
MaKey MaKey - Standard Kit (WIG-11511)

Using the MaKey MaKey you can make anything into a key (get it?) just by connecting a few alligator clips. The MaKey MaKey is an invention kit that tricks your computer into thinking that almost anything is a keyboard. This allows you to hook up all kinds of fun things as an input.

The MaKey MaKey uses high resistance switching to detect when you've made a connection even through materials that aren't very conductive (like leaves, pasta or people). This technique attracts noise on the input, so a moving window averager is used to lowpass the noise. The on-board ATMega32u4 communicates with your computer using the Human Interface Device (HID) protocol which means that it can act like a keyboard or mouse.

Repository Contents

  • /Firmware - Example firmware files
  • /Hardware - All Eagle design files (.brd, .sch)
  • /Production - Test bed files and production panel files

Product Versions

WIG-11511 - Standard kit, OEM packaging
The standard kit includes the MaKey MaKey HID board, alligator clips, jumper wires, and a Mini-USB cable in OEM packaging.

WIG-11519 - Deluxe kit, OEM packaging
The deluxe kit includes everything found in the standard kit along with an additional pack of alligator clips and a roll of copper wire (all in OEM packaging).

RTL-11437 - Standard kit, retail packaging
This kit contains everything found in the standard kit and comes in retail-ready plastic packaging.

License Information

The hardware is released under Creative Commons ShareAlike 4.0 International. The code is beerware; if you see me (or any other SparkFun employee) at the local, and you've found our code helpful, please buy us a round!

Distributed as-is; no warranty is given.

The MaKey MaKey is a collaboration with Jay Silver and Eric Rosenbaum. You can find more information about them here.

Makey Makey is a registered trademark of JoyLabz LLC.