And now for a little bit of geeky joy.
This year I got a very unusual birthday present. And it's called MaKey MaKey.
MaKey MaKey is an Arduino based board, which works as a keyboard, once connected to computer through a usb-cable. Hence, you can use it as an input method for every possible application, website, etc. With the help of crocodile clips you can easily connect it to anything at least a bit conductive, creating your own buttons. As it uses high resistance switching, unexpected things can be used as switches: fruits, veggies, skin, literally anything wet, aluminum foil, etc.
The design is very simple:
To get an idea, check out this promo video showing ways
to experiment with different materials and applications:
Needless to say, we started playing around with it straight away,
clipping every possible fruit or human to the electronic board.
Here is a selection of things we tried out:
Wet food worked really well! Another nice idea was to close the circuit
by drinking coke out of a metal can. Everything's conductive!
skin, bien sûr!
On the picture above you see fruity arrow-keys competing in Tetris against veggie keys!
And here is a video of a musical compositions with the MaKey MaKey piano interface:
So, what do you two say to this?
Oh, just kiss and close the circuit, will you?!