As you will find out from this tutorial, I absolutely loved this little peice of electronics! I had so much fun playing around with all sorts of crazy things, and turning them into keys for my Raspberry Pi!
The MaKey MaKey is a board which allows you to turn anything that will conduct a tiny bit of electricity, into a key to be used on a computer, or in your case, a Raspberry Pi! I really think that you should buy one, due to the totally endless things which can be acheived by using it! Buy one direct, here.
By connecting yourself to 'ground' and the object of your choice to the appropriate place on the board, you can play the piano on bananas, pacman on paper and mario on play-doh! (cue video!)
When my MaKey arrived, i was presented with a cool-looking box which contained:
- The MaKey MaKey board
- A USB to Micro-USB cable
- 7 Alligator clips
- 6 jumper leads
- Left Click
- Right Click
- Up mouse movement
- Down mouse movement
- Left mouse movement
- Right mouse movement
- I plugged the big end of the USB lead into my Raspberry Pi, and the small end into the socket marked 'power' on the reverse side of the MaKey MaKey.
- I opened a program up on my Pi, that i wanted to control using the MaKey MaKey. (I used a program i made in Scratch)
- Using one of the alligator clips or jumper lead, I connected an object to one of the plugs on the board (as shown in the video!)
- I also connected another lead to myself.
- Each time i touched the object, the raspberry pi reacted, with the chosen input, which you selected.