Introduction: Dance Dance Revolution Floor Pad - Makey Makey

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The Dover Public Library hosted an Instructables' Build Night featuring Makey Makey kits. Our patrons were invited to experiment with the kits to turn everyday objects into controllers, keyboards, or musical instruments. In this Instructable we will be showing how to create your very own Makey Makey floor pad controller for Dance Dance Revolution.

You Will Need:

  • 1 - Makey Makey Kit
  • A Computer or Laptop
  • Cardboard
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Wire & Wire Cutters
  • Scissors
  • Hole Puncher
  • Packing Tape

Step 1: Cut Out Your Arrows

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Begin by creating your floor pad. Trace four arrows onto a piece of cardboard and cut them out. We made our arrows on the larger side to make it easier to step on while dancing.

Step 2: Preparing the Floor Pads

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Once your arrows have been cut, wrap them in aluminum foil. The foil will work as a conductor. After completely wrapping the arrow, punch a hole in the tip.

Next, cut four pieces of wire, we made ours about 3' long, and wrap it around the hole in the arrow.

Step 3: Set Up the Floor Pad

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Place the arrows on the floor and use packing tape to keep them in place.

Step 4: Connect to Makey Makey

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Connect the wire to the alligator clips. The clips are then connected to the Makey Makey. Be sure to connect the directions correctly!

Step 5: Ground the Circuit

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We didn't want to have to hold the clip as we were dancing so we took a little foil and made a bracelet. The alligator clip attached to the foil bracelet to complete the circuit. Hands free play!

Step 6: Play

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Load a Dance Dance Revolution flash game onto your computer and play!


Alan21006 (author)2017-06-06

Thanks for the instructions,, We have to make a Dance Dance Revolution Makey Makey. My team and I are working on it at school. Thanks again for the instructions.

amberrayh (author)2015-01-29

Yes! I love DDR! What a fantastic project, thanks for sharing!

DoverPL (author)amberrayh2015-01-29

Thank you! It was a great program and a lot of fun!

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