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Today’s EIO post highlights an exciting new product (The Makey Makey) that allows consumers to turn everyday objects into touchpads for use with the internet and PC programs.

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How Does It Work?

The Makey Makey comes with a set of alligator clips, a USB connector and the interface board. It’s simple to use! All one has to do is load up a computer program or any webpage and you are essentially ready to get started!

For example, let’s say you load up a piano. Then, instead of using the computer keyboard buttons to play the piano, you can hook up the MaKey MaKey to something fun, like bananas, and the bananas become your piano keys:

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Once connected, when the user touches the bananas they will perform as the keys on a piano board! Or let’s say you Google for an online “Pacman” game and draw a joystick with a pencil (yes, an actual ordinary pencil):

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Then you can play Pacman by touching the drawing with your finger!

What Materials Work With Makey Makey:

Any material that can conduct at least a tiny bit of electricity will work (if it doesn’t already work, just rub it with bananas, spray it with water, or apply copper tape). Here are some materials people have used in our workshops including Ketchup, Pencil Graphite, Finger Paint, Lemons, etc.

Other materials that work great: Plants, Coins, Your Grandma, Silverware, Anything that is Wet, Most Foods, Cats and Dogs, Aluminum Foil, Rain, and hundreds more…

Requirements:

MaKey MaKey works with any laptop or computer with a USB port and a recent operating system. How recent? We have tried it with Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Mac OSX.

 

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DIY Kits from Velleman

eiodotcom —  June 20, 2012 — 4 Comments

Today’s Eio post is on our wide array of Do-It-Yourself Project Kits.

If you have an itch to build or design something electronic, look no further than Velleman, based out of Fort Worth, Texas. They have several kits that are not pre-assembled.

As a side note, the “K” (e.g., K2601) or “MK” (e.g., MK171) series are kits, meaning you must assemble them yourself.

The “VM” series are the pre-assembled versions of the K or MK products.

Velleman FM Radio Kit (MK118)

This build it yourself FM radio kit allows you to assemble your own FM radio. Learn how to build a simple FM receiver with bandwidth of 88-108 MHz. It is easy to assemble, there are no annoying coils to wind, and it comes with a pre-assembled and tested FM front end. All you have to do is set up the development circuit board, attach the FM front end, ON/OFF switch, volume control, and LED indicator on, and get listening to the airwaves!

Velleman Stroboscope Kit (K2601)

Make your own disco party with Velleman’s Stroboscope kit. It creates flashing light effects similar to disco halls, or your own snapshots and lightning light effects. Wow your family and friends when they see the amazing effects of this wonderful DIY project!

Velleman Water Alarm (MK108)

This water alarm kit is tremendously practical. Put it in a corner and it gives an alarm sound when water is detected. It also has an incorporated alarm buzzer. Find leaks in your roof, mildew or mold in your closets, or problem areas in other parts of your house!

Velleman Digital Voice Changer Kit (MK171)

This digital voice changer kit is both fun to design and hilarious to use! Make your voice, no matter how high or low, sound like a robot. Add a vibrato effect similar to how your voice sounds when in front of a fan. It also includes “pitch”-buttons to make your voice sound lower or higher. This wonderful kit comes with a built-in microphone and power amplifier with volume control. All you need to do is just add a speaker. Have a blast wowing your friends at parties, changing your voice to create new characters and personalities, make up group games, even make the occasional prank phone call!

Go forth, DIY enthusiasts, and create, build, form, design, mold, craft, establish, erect, envision, and more!!

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