Finally got around to grabbing myself a MakeyMakey and from the 5mins play i have had at work so far, it's pretty cool.
I turned my spoon into a space key, and drew W, A, S, D and SPACE on a piece of paper with a pencil and made a game controller.
Not sure what to try next, suggestions?
For those that don't know what a MakeyMakey is, it's a circuit board that has a heap of connectors (WASDFG, space, mouse movement/click and arrow keys). You conenct from board to something that conducts (alligator clips), conect boards earth to you, then plug board into USB/computer. So then when you touch the object, you complete the circuit and that event is sent to PC. Simples.
http://makeymakey.com/ for more info.
How does it go interfacing with a PC? How do you control actions?
It says it's built on arduino so if you know arduino (and it's piss easy) you can use those features, and you can see the little USB plug in the photos to connect it to your PC.
Board has USB connector to PC (and acts like a keyboard or mouse, no drivers needed). Board also has a bunch of places where you alligator clip wires and each of those places sends a special event/key to the PC when the circuit is complete (there is also a connector to the "earth" of the board).
Anything can be used to complete the circuit from your body, to clay, to water, to pencil drawings.
You don't need to know/do any programming, or know anything about electronics (apart from knowing that a circuit needs an unbroken loop of conducting substance to close, and thus trigger event on board). Apart from that, just plug and play and see what you can create/invent. :)
This is f*****g great. I had never heard of it before.
Thanks for the heads up Mantis :)
neato. Cheers mantis, would be really handy to use this in my neuro reseach
what a cool little gadget. Technology is getting so awesome I wish i could hang around another 100 years
nobody lives for 200 years