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Buzzing Booklet

by dave_littlebits

Published on August 2, 2016

Invent a buzzer using a book and the Makey Makey Bit. Now you can transform almost anything into an electronic device! Create even crazier contraptions by adding random materials like bananas to the mix and use them to make up games. 

How To Make It

STEP 1 :

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BUILD YOUR CIRCUIT.

STEP 2 :

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PRESS ADHESIVE SHOES ONTO YOUR CIRCUIT TO KEEP YOUR BITS SECURE.

STEP 3 :

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ATTACH TWO ALLIGATOR CLIPS TO THE MAKEY MAKEY BIT - ONE TO THE SPACE/CLICK PAD, ANOTHER TO THE EARTH PAD.

STEP 4 :

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TURN THE POWER ON AND TEST YOUR CIRCUIT. Your body is conductive, so touching both clips lets electricity flow through the Makey Makey Bit, sending an ON signal to the buzzer Bit.

STEP 5 :

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USE A PENCIL TO FILL IN THE THREE SHAPES AS DARK AS YOU CAN.

STEP 6 :

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ATTACH ALLIGATOR CLIPS TO THE PENCILLED EDGES OF THE BOOKLET PAGE.

STEP 7 :

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FOLD THE CORNER OF THE PAGE AND FIRMLY PRESS THE BUTTON ON THE FOLDED FLAP. The buzzer should sound.

STEP 8 : PLAY!

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IT'S ALIVE! Your booklet is now an electronic device. Challenge your friends to a trivia game, and see who can answer the fastest.

STEP 9 : HOW IT WORKS

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  • The POWER Bit provides electricity to the circuit.
  • The MAKEY MAKEY Bit sends an ON signal when the SPACE/CLICK pad and the EARTH pad are connected. When you fold the page, the pencilled-in shapes touch, allowing electricity to flow through the circuit.
  • The BUZZER sounds when it gets a signal from the Makey Makey Bit.

STEP 10 : REMIX

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TRY SOME OF THESE IDEAS TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR INVENTION. THEN COME UP WITH YOUR OWN!

  • ACTIVATE YOUR BUZZER WITH A FIST BUMP! Have one person hold the EARTH clip, while the other holds the SPACE/CLICK clip. Pound it to set off the buzzer!
  • BRING OTHER OBJECTS TO LIFE. Instead of clipping into this booklet, try clipping each alligator clip into other conductive objects like metal utensils and foods. Touch both objects to activate the buzzer.
  • USE OTHER CONDUCTIVE OBJECTS TO CONNECT PENCILLED-IN SHAPES AND TRIGGER THE BITS. Take metal objects like spoons or coins, or foods like bananas and lemons and make them touch both shapes at the same time.

STEP 11 : SHARE

WHICH OBJECTS AND MATERIALS MADE THE BEST BUZZING BOOKLET? Create a video and share your results on the littleBits Invent app!

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