Many thanks to Ava Zbezda, one of Kauai’s young inventors in this summer’s “Inventing with Software and Electronics” class, for alerting us to this incredible new invention! A team at the MIT Media Lab has created one of the simplest ever tools for inventors – a simple circuit board that can transform almost anything into a button. Imagine playing your favorite video game using bananas from from your kitchen as buttons. Or, imagine drawing buttons on paper with a pencil, and immediately using them as a typewriter. The video below is highly recommended and demonstrates a number of different possibilities. A Kauailabs personal favorite is the piano played by stepping on different stairs.
Makey Makey will be available in November at www.sparkfun.com. Just in time to invent an interactive Christmas tree!