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Key idea: MaKey MaKey is a new type of keyboard

21 : 05 : 2012 Creativity : USB : Computers

MassachusettsMIT Media Lab students Jay Silver and Eric Rosenbaum have created the MaKey MaKey invention kit that enables users to turn any electricity-conducting object into a computer keyboard.

The MaKey MaKey comprises an interface board that connects to a computer via a USB cable, while crocodile clips connect the board to any conductor, from a banana to a beach ball. The connected object can then communicate signals to the computer in the same way as a keyboard.

At present, the project is funded by Kickstarter, but is expected to be priced at $35 when in mass production.

The DIY and affordable MaKey MaKey is a great example of a product created for the Anarconomy Decade. The element of creativity in the MaKey MaKey is also reminiscent of The Fun Theory.

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