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THE WORLD IS YOUR CONSTRUCTION KIT.

Makey Makey | Computer Circuit Construction Kit
Makey Makey | Computer Circuit Construction Kit

A conversation with Jay Silver, Co-Inventor and CEO.

WHAT IS MAKEY MAKEY, AND HOW DOES IT WORK?

Makey Makey is duct tape between the internet and the everyday world. So if you’ve ever wanted to reach inside your computer like it’s a block of clay and reform it and smash it against some everyday object… now you can.

Makey Makey allows you to control computer functions using anything in the world around you. Just connect the alligator clips to any object, and that object can control a computer function. So, instead of touching the spacebar, you can touch your kitty cat. You can use the power of Makey Makey to create games, play music, invent a new sport… whatever you can imagine!

It works with anything that conducts electricity. Even dirt is a little bit conductive.

Jay Silver

Co-Inventor & CEO

WHY CREATE MAKEY MAKEY?

When I want to join two objects in the physical world, I just use zip ties or duct tape or whatever. When I want to join two objects in the digital world, I use code – but what about when I want to go between those worlds? There just needs to be a thing for that, and it should be useable. That’s Makey Makey.

And I really thought it would be wonderful for people to make things like banana pianos and water-based video games and keyboards made out of alphabet soup.

Makey Makey brushes dust off your creative console, if any dust has gathered there.

Jay Silver

Co-Inventor & CEO


The key to changing the world is doing it as soon as possible.

Jay Silver

Co-Inventor & CEO

WHAT MAKES MAKEY MAKEY SO COOL?

The world is your construction kit. And it’s not just because I said so: it just is! But we have to be able to break down existing meaning and form our own meaning, which is what it means to be human. That’s freedom, right there.

And you can do just that, in small ways. Every time you take a banana and turn it into a piano key, you’re saying “No” to the existing world, which allows you to say “Yes” to a new world.


WHERE DO YOU GO FROM HERE?

We see people at events like Maker Faire, and JoyLabz has Skype sessions with user groups monthly, where we see what they're up to, whether it's a school, or an artist group. We’ve got a great collection of Makey Makey creative guides and lesson plans available online, and an active forum where people post their cool ideas, and submit projects that we can add to the collection.

WHAT MAKES IT AWESOME

1
Makey Makey
7
Alligator Clips
20
Stickers
possibilities
Makey Makey

Makey Makey

What’s in the Box:
  • Makey Makey board
  • USB Cable
  • 7 Alligator Clips
  • 6 Connector Wires
  • 20 color stickers
  • Visual Project Start Guide instructions