Introducing: Makey Makey

Make the world your Bit with Makey Makey.

April 21, 2015

Today, we’re very proud to announce the release of the very first bitLab Bit: Makey Makey! By combining the littleBits and Makey Makey worlds, anyone can easily invent with electronics AND turn everyday objects into touchpads. For example: you and a banana. When you touch the banana, you complete the connection, and the Makey Makey Bit sends a signal to either your computer [move cursor left or right!] or to your bits [flash an LED or turn a motor!]

MAKEY MAKEY PRODUCTS
If you already have littleBits, dive right in with the Makey Makey Bit. If you’re just getting started with us, we recommend the Makey Makey Starter Bundle.
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MAKEY MAKEY PROJECTS
Monty, our lead designer on Makey Makey, has cooked up some great ways to get making-making.

BitWire: a DIY version of the board game Operation TM
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Musical Water Targets: Use a water gun to trigger some sweet tunes
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Sound Triggered Photobooth: It’s exactly what it sounds like!
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Orange Piano: Touch fruit to activate piano keys
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Fruit trigger: Activate lights and sensors by touching fruit
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DIY artist Liza Stark also designed a Makey Makey wearable instrument. Follow along with her steps and transform yourself into a human synthesizer!

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DESIGNING THE BIT
The Makey Makey Bit has been several years in the making. Ayah and Makey Makey creators, Jay Silver and Eric Rosenbaum, have been friends since their time together as graduate students at the MIT Media Lab. Both support open-source hardware and the mission of providing tools to make inventing with electronics accessible and fun.

Ayah, Jay and Eric have tossed around the idea of joining the platforms of littleBits and Makey Makey for quite some time.This idea became  a reality  at the beginning of 2014 when we started brainstorming the module features and functionality. We iterated on several concepts that ranged from the number of inputs and outputs to whether the module would be a bridge to the official Makey Makey board or built into the littleBits system.

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Here are some early sketches of user scenarios of projects that could be created with the module.

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The world is your Bit with Makey Makey. Can’t wait to see what you make!

Happy Making,

Paul Rothman
Director of R&D