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Makey Makey Community Hub

We are stoked to be part of this new teacher community! Thank you, Instructables! We are going to have our own community hub soon, and are hoping you'll want to be a part of it! Do you have a Makey Makey guide that you've created for your classroom? We'd love to see it and share it on our hub! Share a link in this topic to show us what you've made.

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New maker tool: Makey Makey

I found this on Reddit and it looks like an awesome tool. I allows you turn almost anything in to a button and it can work as an audrino. It a kickstarter project that is already fully funded. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/joylabs/makey-makey-an-invention-kit-for-everyone

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Makey Makey Build Night @ Boise State's Albertsons Library

On January 27th, 2015, students, staff, and faculty came together to discover how to use bananas as piano keys, graphite drawings as game controllers, and program in Scratch to use play dough as piano keys. This was part of the Library's new Discover by Doing workshops, and our first Instructables Build Night! It was also the first official event for the newly formed Creative Technologies Association student group. We had 20 curious and excited faculty, staff, and students come through that evening, and they all left with a smile...unless they lost at tetris. There were three stations, one to play tetris with a drawn game controller, one to play the "bianano", and a "free for all" table with a variety of supplies. Each table had a student facilitator and all the supplies needed to complete the project. It was inspiring to watch participants work over the course of the night, and to see them working together to solve problems. Including one student's discovery that if he licked his fingers, he achieved better conductivity with the bananas (don't ask). The Creative Technologies Association is currently working with faculty on writing Instructables for the piano that was created using Scratch, and the discovery and design of the "earthly" connection wristband. We can't wait to share them with you, and are looking forward to future build nights! 

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Reprogramming MaKey MaKey on different OS'es

EDIT: Thanks to Jay Silver and the Joylabz team for coming up with http://makeymakey.com/remap/ This can be used in beta/v1.2 MaKey MaKeys, but older MaKey MaKeys still need to be reprogrammed using Arduino IDE. On that note, any help here is appreciated but this may not be as high a priority since Joylabz is switching how they do things. Hey, all. With the upcoming MaKey MaKey Build Night in January, I wanted to post an open invite for more reprogramming tutorials. Mac is officially supported by Joylabz, and there is already a general Windows and Mac reprogramming tutorial out in the wild. There is also a tutorial each for one version of Ubuntu, Windows 8, and iPad. Looking for a better Windows 8 tutorial, Windows 8.1, RaspberryPi, Android devices, and anything else. Here's a P2PU course with more info: https://p2pu.org/es/courses/2119/content/4041/ Thanks for any help out there!

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How does Makey Makey sense touch?

I have the source of Makey Makey and tried what I thought was the same method that it uses, but it didn't work. Can anyone make it more clear?

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Makey Makey Build Night @ The Phoenix Asylum

We had a great night discovering ways to interact with our Makey Makey kits. Our turn-out was small, 7 people, but we had an awesome time. There are quite a few possibilities creating with the kits and we were able to share ideas and inventions. Stay tuned for our finished Instructables as we finish and fine tune our projects. Thank you Instructables.com and Makey Makey for this opportunity. Makey Makey Build Night video Makey Makey Micro Controller Video Our entries for our build night. 1. Makey Makey Micro Controller - by Tater Zoid 2. Makey Bat-Mobile - by Madalene 3. UnicornPotatoParty - by FabulousPotato  

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MaKey MaKey Build Night @ TechShop Chandler

This Build Night was without a doubt my favorite so far.  The level of participation was great, everyone easily took to programming the MaKey MaKeys - and had a great time.  I will definitely be using our kits to host more in the future! We mostly made controls for games or musical instruments.  I am going to keep playing around with mine, because I'd like to make an interactive art-piece for our lobby.

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Instructables Makey Makey Instagram Sweepstakes Official Rules

View this post on Instagram A post shared by Instructables.com (@instructables) on Feb 21, 2020 at 10:46am PST We're holding a second Instagram sweepstakes! Official rules below:INSTRUCTABLES MAKEY MAKEY SWEEPSTAKES OFFICIAL RULES (THE “OFFICIAL RULES”)PLEASE REVIEW THESE OFFICIAL RULES BEFORE ENTERING THE SWEEPSTAKES. NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE OR PAYMENT WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. ENTRANTS WHO ARE MINORS: YOU MUST OBTAIN THE CONSENT OF YOUR PARENT OR LEGAL GUARDIAN BEFORE ENTERING THE SWEEPSTAKES AND PARTICIPATE UNDER THEIR SUPERVISION.1. Sweepstakes Description: Comment on the Instructables Makey Makey Sweepstakes Instagram post, tag a friend who you think would also love the Prize and add the tag #InstructablesSweepstakes, and you will be entered into a random drawing to receive the prizes described below, all as further described in these Official Rules. 2. General Conditions: The Instructables Makey Makey Sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes”) is sponsored by Autodesk, Inc. (the “Sponsor”). The Sweepstakes will start on February 21, 2020 at 11 AM PT (“Start Date”) and end on February 23, 2020 at 11:59 PM PT. (the “Entry Period”). Entry in the Sweepstakes does not constitute entry into any other promotion, sweepstakes, or contest. The distribution of the prize(s) will be at the sole determination of the Sponsor to the individual(s) deemed the winner(s) of the Sweepstakes by the Sponsor in accordance with these Official Rules. 3. Acceptance of the Official Rules; Site Policies; Laws: By entering the Sweepstakes, those who enter the Sweepstakes (each, an “Entrant”) unconditionally accept and agree to abide by the terms of these Official Rules and by the decisions of Sponsor relating to the Sweepstakes, which are final and binding in all respects. The Sweepstakes shall be governed by these Official Rules and is subject to applicable federal, state, and local statutes, rules, regulations, and other laws (each a “Law”). The Sweepstakes is void where prohibited or restricted by law. The collection, use, and disclosure of information obtained online from Entrants in the Sweepstakes is governed by Sponsor's Privacy Statement, which may be viewed at https://www.autodesk.com/company/legal-notices-tr... and other policies applicable to and available for review on the Instructables website at https://www.autodesk.com/company/legal-notices-tr... (the “Instructables Site”) (collectively, the “Policies”). In the event there is an inconsistency between any of the Policies or any Sweepstakes promotional materials and the terms and conditions of these Official Rules, these Official Rules will prevail and govern. 4. Eligibility: Entrants must be natural persons age 13 or older who are legal residents of the fifty (50) United States, the District of Columbia or Canada (excluding Quebec) at the time of entry. If on the Start Date you are a “minor,” meaning that you are under the age of majority in your jurisdiction, you must obtain permission from your parent or legal guardian, and your parent or legal guardian must consent to be bound by these Official Rules as if he or she were an entrant, before you submit an entry. Sponsor reserves the right to require minors to submit proof of parental/guardian permission and consent to these Official Rules at any time, without which they may be immediately disqualified from the Sweepstakes. In addition, Sponsor, its affiliated organizations, advertising and promotion agencies, the prize providers, any other company or organization involved with the design, sponsorship, or operation of the Sweepstakes, and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, and agents (collectively, the “Sponsor Parties”), and immediate family and household members of such individuals, are NOT eligible to enter the Sweepstakes. “Immediate family members” shall mean a person’s spouse and a person’s and their spouse’s parents, step-parents, legal guardians, children, step-children, siblings, and step-siblings, and each of their respective spouses. “Household members” shall mean those people who share the same residence, whether or not related. Participation in the Sweepstakes is voluntary, and is not intended to, and shall not be deemed to create, any employment, agency, partnership, joint venture, franchise, fiduciary, or similar relationship between Sponsor and any Entrant. 5. How to Enter: Only persons who meet the eligibility criteria stated in Section 4 above should enter the Sweepstakes, and only those persons will be eligible for the chance to win a prize. No purchase or payment is necessary to enter or win the Sweepstakes. A complete entry will include, any information required in these Rules. All entries must be received by the end of the Entry Period. Incomplete, unreadable, late, or unintelligible entries are void and will be disqualified. In order to win, Entrants residing in Canada also will be required to answer a time-limited mathematical skill-testing question to be administered via telephone. Limit of one (1) entry per Entrant during the Entry Period. In case of multiple entries received from any person, email address, or social media account, only the first entry received from such person, email address, or social media account will be considered. In the event of a dispute as to the identity or eligibility of an Entrant, the entry will be deemed to be made by the “Authorized Account Holder” of the email or social media account used at the time of entry provided he/she is eligible according to these Official Rules. The “Authorized Account Holder” is defined as the natural person to whom the applicable internet service provider or other organization (such as a business or educational institution) has assigned the account. An Entrant may not use multiple email or social media accounts to enter, and if an Entrant does so, all of such Entrant’s entries may be disqualified. To enter the Sweepstakes, during the Entry Period you must comment on the Makey Makey Sweepstakes post made by Instructables on the Start Date to the Instructables Instagram page, tag a friend who you think would also love the Prize and add the tag #InstructablesSweepstakes, and you will be entered into a random drawing to receive the prizes described below. THE PERSON TAGGED IN YOUR ENTRY WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE TO WIN A PRIZE BASED ON YOUR ENTRY, BUT THEY MAY CHOOSE TO SEPARATELY ENTER THE SWEEPSTAKES BY SUBMITTING THEIR OWN ENTRY.For clarity, completion of one of the tasks as directed above does NOT entitle Entrants to a prize, but entitles eligible Entrants to enter a random drawing for a chance to win a prize.6. Winner Selection; Odds of Winning: On or around February 24, 2020 at Sponsor’s offices, Sponsor will randomly select from the pool of eligible Entrants one (1) Sweepstakes winner(s) (the “Winner”). The odds of winning the prize depend on the total number of eligible Entrants who enter the Sweepstakes. 7. Prize: The total estimated retail value of all of the prizes to be awarded in the Sweepstakes is $162.00 USD. One (1) Winner will be awarded the following prizes with the following estimated retail value. The Winner may choose to keep both prize packs or share one with a friend: Prize Pack #1 (Estimated Retail Value: USD$81.00) Instructables T-Shirt Instructables Notebook Instructables PinMakey Makey Inventor Kit Prize Pack #2 (Estimated Retail Value: USD$81.00) Makey Makey Inventor Kit Instructables T-ShirtInstructables Notebook Instructables PinMakey Makey is not a sponsor of, and is not affiliated with, the Sweepstakes.The prize(s) may include one or more gift cards, gift certificates, stored-value cards, similar cards or certificates (whether in physical, electronic, or other form), or other items or services, which may be redeemed or received only at or through participating retailers or other locations. Each Entrant acknowledges that acceptance and use of any such prize are subject to all eligibility criteria, expiration dates, service or dormancy fees, use restrictions, and all other terms and conditions (if any) imposed by the issuer or provider of any such prize. Neither Sponsor nor any of its parents, subsidiaries, or affiliates is the issuer or provider of any such prize, and none of them are responsible for establishing those terms and conditions, for disclosing or explaining any of those terms and conditions to the Entrants, or for any Winner’s failure to comply with any of them. If a Winner does not comply with all of those terms and conditions, or if a Winner does not have access to a participating location, such Winner may not be able to obtain the maximum value, or any value, from his or her prize. 8. General Prize Conditions: All details and other restrictions of the prize(s) not specified in these Official Rules will be determined by the Sponsor in its sole discretion. No prize is exchangeable, assignable, redeemable for cash or otherwise transferable, except at Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute for any prize one or more items or services of equal or greater estimated retail value. The value of each prize may be taxable to each Winner as income. If required, an IRS Form 1099 will be issued by Sponsor in the name of each Winner for the value of the prize(s) received. Each Winner is solely responsible for complying with any and all applicable federal, state, provincial, local, or other statutes, regulations, rules, or other laws of any jurisdiction and for bearing any personal income taxes (including reporting consequences thereof), VAT, customs duties, withholding taxes, or other taxes, fees, insurance, surcharges, or other costs relating to the applicable prize(s) and for any other liabilities incurred in connection with any prize. THE PRIZE IS AWARDED BY SPONSOR “AS IS.” THE SPONSOR PARTIES DO NOT MAKE AND HEREBY DISCLAIM ANY WARRANTIES, WHETHER EXPRESS, IMPLIED, OR STATUTORY (INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION IMPLIED AND STATUTORY WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE, OR NON-INFRINGEMENT) WITH REGARD TO THE SWEEPSTAKES, PRIZE OR ANY PORTION(S) THEREOF. 9. Winner Notification and Prize Claim: Within five (5) working days after the drawing, each Winner will be notified via Instagram message to the Instagram account provided in his or her Sweepstakes entry (a “Prize Notification”). Sponsor shall have no liability for any Prize Notification that is lost, intercepted, or not received by the potential winner for any reason. In order to claim a prize, each Winner may be required to provide his or her full permanent mailing address information and social security number or tax identification number for purposes of compliance with tax regulations. Upon Sponsor’s request, each Winner must also sign and return a release of liability, declaration of eligibility, and/or a publicity release. If a potential winner does not respond within forty-eight (48) hours of the Prize Notification (or a shorter time if required by exigencies), if the prize(s) or Prize Notification is returned as unclaimed or undeliverable to such potential winner, if a potential winner fails to comply with any of the verification or release requirements identified in this Section within fourteen (14) days of request, or if the potential winner is found to be ineligible, has not complied with these Official Rules, or declines the prize(s) for any reason prior to award, such potential winner will be disqualified and forfeit his or her prize, and an alternate Winner may be selected by the Sponsor from the pool of remaining eligible Entrants. Sponsor may successively attempt to contact up to five (5) potential winners in accordance with such procedure, and if there is still no confirmed winner of a prize after such attempts have been made, Sponsor may announce an alternate means for awarding that prize. The Winner must take possession of the applicable prize in the manner directed by Sponsor. Failure by the Winner to comply with any of the foregoing may result in disqualification. It is the sole responsibility of Entrants to notify Sponsor of any changes in name or contact information. In the case of a minor, Sponsor may award the prize to such minor’s named parent or legal guardian. 10. 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Release of Liability: To the maximum extent permitted by law, by entering the Sweepstakes, each Entrant agrees that neither the Sponsor Parties, nor any prize manufacturer or provider, nor any advertising or social media platform, such as Facebook or Twitter, on which the Sweepstakes may be advertised or through which it is accessed, is responsible for and, to the maximum extent permitted by law, each Entrant releases and holds harmless the Sponsor Parties, each such prize manufacturer or provider, and each such advertising or social media platform, from any and all responsibility, liability, claims, injuries, damages (including but not limited to direct, indirect, incidental, consequential, punitive, statutory, or other damages), losses, costs, or expenses of any kind (including, but not limited to, personal injury, death, or damage to or loss of property) arising out of or resulting from: (i) any violation by such Entrant of these Official Rules, the Policies, or applicable law; (ii) Entrant’s participation in the Sweepstakes; (iii) Entrant’s acceptance, possession, receipt, and/or use of any prize (or any portion of any prize) or the sharing or gifting of any prize with any other person; (iv) any printing or typographical errors in any Sweepstakes materials; (v) any problems or technical malfunctions (errors, omissions, interruptions, deletions, defects, failure to capture information or delays in operation or transmission) whether caused by Entrant, printing errors, human error or by any computer, telephone, modem, satellite, online system, server, or other communications equipment or provider associated with or utilized in the Sweepstakes, including any incorrect, incomplete, inaccurate, or garbled information resulting therefrom; (vi) any damage to Entrant’s equipment (such as a computer system or mobile device) caused by accessing the Instructables Site or participating in the Sweepstakes; (vii) miscommunications, or any failed, jumbled, delayed, or misdirected computer, telephone, cable, or other transmissions; (viii) any entry, e-mail, prize package or other material or correspondence that has been tampered with or that is stolen, misdirected, incomplete, lost, late, non-conforming, ineligible, or damaged; (ix) any failure of any postal or delivery service; (x) any other technical or human error that may occur in the administration of the Sweepstakes; or (xi) any events beyond Sponsor’s reasonable control. 12. 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Should the Sweepstakes ever be terminated before the drawing, notice will be given on the Instructables Instagram page, and Sponsor will make alternative arrangements to award the prizes. Any such changes will become effective upon notice via online posting on the Instructables Instagram page or other means of wide dissemination. 15. Use of Winner’s Information: All personal information collected by Sponsor (including without limitation, an Entrant’s name, biographical data, and city and state of residence) may be used for by Sponsor, or any third party chosen by Sponsor, of any and all information related to the Sweepstakes, including any personal information obtained through the Sweepstakes, for Sweepstakes administration, and other purposes, except to the extent prohibited by law. Without limiting the foregoing, by entering the Sweepstakes, each Entrant grants to Sponsor and each of its respective designees the right to use and publish the Entrant’s name, and state of residence, along with any other information provided by Entrant, both electronically (for example, on the Internet) and in print, in connection with the Sweepstakes at any time, except to the extent prohibited by law. By accepting a prize, the Winner acknowledges and grants to Sponsor and each of its respective designees, without additional compensation or consideration, notification or permission, the right to publicize his or her name, address (city and state of residence), likeness, photograph, voice, company name, and biographical material in any media now known or hereafter devised, throughout the world, in perpetuity, except to the extent prohibited by law. 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(closed) One year of Pro for quick connect, for MaKey MaKey

MaKey MaKey is an electronic inventor's kit (simple closed connections via USB + music program + fruit = banana piano). More here: http://www.makeymakey.com One problem I've been running into is that it is an additional challenge to rotate quickly between more than one project per MaKey MaKey. The MaKey MaKey has 12 signal pins (female) on the back, pins for ground and 5v outputs, and six pair of alligator clip holes on the board. I've got some ideas on how to make quick connects so that I can freely travel between projects using just a system of male/female connections, where the MaKey MaKey has one type and my projects have the other. Included are some images to get ideas sparking around. If you can post a project detailing one method of a unique quick connect system for MaKey MaKey before the end of February, you're entered. I'll hand out one year of Pro for first place and one 3 month of Pro for second place. I'll choose the winners, but will pay attention to any community feedback. Points don't matter, so points arbitrarily awarded for thriftiness and resourcefulness, creative flair, quality of documentation, and use of MaKey MaKey header pins and other connections. 1st place: 1 year of Pro 2nd place: 3 months of Pro Bonus points for tutorials with resource files and specs that are easily interchangeable between tools, materials, and methods of tech/crafting. Useful formats can include SVG, STL, and others. Here's a couple of projects we got featured that could have really used a quick connect system going on using our laser cutter: Hydrophobic Drum Pad (homepaged, generated 1st place prize for this contest) Music Box (featured, generated 2nd place prize for this contest)

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Hydrophobic music, dubstep windchimes, Smash Smash Revolution and etc @ Knox Makers Build Night w/ MaKey MaKey!

Wow, what a month at Knox Makers! We were absolutely invaded by MaKey MaKeys at our hackerspace all throughout January. To start us off, we released a freebie project a little early to help out members and guests get some ideas, to drum up local support for our events, and to offer a fun + easy starter project for the other spaces participating: Oversized Music Chest This ended up getting featured in Electronics! It leaves a lot of room to add extra components and tote the MaKey MaKey around, and we turned ours into a musical advertisement for our first Build Night, a mystery hack night about music. Mystery Hack Night: Music! What a blast! Talk about a weird time.. One family brought a theremin and a circuit bending kit for kids; another group brought an amp and speakers, a suitcase of effect pedals and circuit bent instruments, and a 4 channel mixer; we had a random component table for open hacking; an acoustic and broken ukulele was converted into an electronic instrument; we had painters painting music instrument for the MaKey MaKey with conductive paint; there was a table with our hydrophobic drum pad, bananas, an eggplant, flowers, and a grappling hook all controlling a set of browser based drums through the MaKey MaKey; we had members hooking up tactile buttons and levers to MaKey MaKeys; and we closed with the weirdest jam session this side of Alpha Centauri with all the things playing all the sounds at the same time. Mystery Hack Night: Video Game Controllers! This was a fun night, and we had a few new people show up. We tinkered with a platformer adventure game called Fancy Pants Adventure, where we assigned each person one button. At one point, the whole table was controlling the game's protagonist. Somehow, we made it pretty far into the game, considering. A few people commented that this type of exercise seemed like a really useful team building exercise, so we might look at creating some tutorials with this in mind. We also had individuals and small groups testing out their own inventions and games, again revisiting concepts like conductive ink or simple conductive objects. A two person team tinkered around with some simple fighting games that only use one button for each player, there were people playing Tetris and other games with their inventions, and we again offered a random hack table with an assortment of items and components to rummage through. MaKey MaKey Build Night I: When MaKeys Attack.. We had a nice turnout for this event. This was an introduction to the basic concept behind MaKey MaKey, how to remap the beta v1.2 boards using the web remapper, different applications that make a MaKey MaKey naturally awesome to use, and a few sample projects. We opened up the floor to open hacking, and that day our Adafruit group buy had just come in. We were able to add to the random hack table some awesome components, such as: male/male and female/female jumper wires, various diffused LEDs, slow and fast cycling LEDs, conductive thread, flat LED panels, sewable LEDs, tactile buttons, and other items. We wrapped up and one of our newest members stayed late to craft a thin copper wire into a flat copper instrument using a mallet. He ended up using a breadboard with the MaKey MaKey and Wolfram software to write his own music program. As with our other Build Night events this month, we also had people working on side projects in the background which added to the creative energy of the room. For this event, one of our members tested out a Gocupi that managed to draw Rear Admiral Grace Hopper and Albert Einstein on the whiteboard in dry erase marker using continuous lines. MaKey MaKey Build Night II: Big Projects! We had a decent turnout for this event, but mostly the attendees were there for their own big projects unrelated to MaKey MaKey. We got a few MaKey MaKey projects in around good company, though. We had members working on a large geodesic Airolite boat, someone showed up to work on their 3D printer and print out their first scale model of a scanned person, our Facilities Director was able to get some critical inventory done, a couple members mounted new shelves that had been donated that day, and one member's daughter wanted to play around with hydrophobics. We also were able to get electronic musical wind chimes made that work very nicely with the MaKey MaKey, and the same member who tinkered with Wolfram software at the prior event made more progress on some of his own MaKey MaKey ideas. MaKey MaKey Build Night III: Advanced Reprogramming! This was one of the build nights I was most excited about, and we had a nice turnout. We walked members through reprogramming the older MaKey MaKeys using the MaKey MaKey sketch for Arduino IDE. We bested Windows and its infernal resistance to unsigned 3rd party drivers, and we advanced onward. We looked at basic reprogramming of the settings.h key bindings, and we also looked at other Arduino programming such as delay, Keyboard.print, Keyboard.press, Keyboard.release, and some other concepts. A father team duo that are also involved in a local high school robotics club showed up and schooled us a little on Arduino with some tricks they had up their sleeves, another father son duo showed up to experience the MaKey MaKey for the first time together and it seemed to blow their minds, and we talked about the new web remapping tool for the beta v1.2 boards. Mad Science Bingo For one of our educational outreach events, we attended hijacked bingo night at a local senior citizen community center. We let everyone have their bingo fun without interruption, but as bingo concluded we invaded with a MaKey MaKey, our hydrophobic drum pad, fruits and veggies, and some flowers. The senior citizens loved it and have invited us back. At one point, we had three participants record themselves singing into a Scratch program that we mapped to the flowers. The room erupted with laughter when the community center manager went to touch the flowers and they sang at her in her patrons' voices. She even lent her voice to be recorded, which sent the room into mad howls. We also made a chain of about dozen people between ground and the triggers. We didn't really invent anything unique here, but it was a fun bonus event for the community center patrons. We ended up tinkering around a little with hydrophobics and electronics. So far after all our events, we ended up with a few more Build Night projects: Hydrophobic Drum Pad (featured in Science and then Homepaged!) annoy friends with this party game: Wonky Pong Smash Smash Revolution ... black acrylic, conductive paint, and conductive thread Electronic Windchimes sewable Cardboard Feet DDR (featured in Video Games!) We've also set out our MaKey MaKey kits for space use now that our January Build Nights are over with. We have a few members with projects they are still working on at the space, a few projects that are still being documented to upload to Instructables, and a few people batting around their own ideas. If we come up with anything else, we'll be sure and update. A couple "lessons learned" here: Random hack tables are awesome. But.. if they are too chaotic and without the right presentation, these can be intimidating to beginners that may want more direction. Multiple Build Nights rule! But.. it is probably best not to hijack every Saturday of a shared workspace like a hackerspace. This could have been orchestrated a little better (my fault). Overall, this was a blast to participate in. Thanks to Joylabz and Instructables! PS.. with two features and one homepage, that gave us 1 and a half years of Pro. One got used, but we're giving away the remaining year of Pro and 3 months of Pro. The bounty: quick connect projects for MaKey MaKey. Ends 3/1 EST. You know what to do..

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Circuit Scribe Makey Makey Build Night @ The Inventor's House

En esta ocasión regreso la BuildNight a nuestro hackerpace y estábamos muy contentos, toda nuestra comunidad estaba muy entusiasmada por recibir la tinta electrónica mas famosa del mundo "Circuit Scribe" nos encantaron los modulos que se incluyen en los kits de desarrollo. Ademas es genial usar 123D para poder simular los circuitos antes de empezar a trazar en físico, aunque aun le faltan algunos extras a la plataforma nos pareció genial Les dejo los links de algunos de los proyectos que realizo nuestra comunidad Mho PlayGround Circuit Scribe Tarjeta de regalo interactiva Y ademas algunas fotos del evento, un saludo desde Mexico, sus amigos de The Inventor's House y muchas gracias instructables y Circuit Scribe

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Game Gloves

I've been looking online recently for some sort of "glove" that you would wear for gaming, instead of having a keyboard. Didnt really find anything.. at least in my price range. So i am going to get the Makey Makey tomorrow from a trade with a friend, i figured this was my best bet. My idea for this glove would be that it have either foil on the tips or that sewing yarn that can be used as wire. There would be a thin Aluminum Sheet that you would tap with the appropriate finger. The aluminum sheet would act as the ground. My other idead would be instead of having the Aluminum Sheet have the tech yarn in the palm of your hand, but this would get uncomfortable after time. I want to make this so i could possibly in the future have two gloves one for each hand. Also, if i was to use the special yarn for electronics, i would have to wear to gloves since the yarn would weave in and out of the glove grounding to your finger. Most likely going to be working on this tomorrow or as soon as i can get some cheap gloves. I'll upload pictures then. any suggestions?

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Instructables at Gulf Coast MakerCon 2015

We're hosting our 4th Annual DIY Festival of the Inventive Spirit, Gulf Coast MakerCon, at the Florida Fairgrounds on April 18th.  This year, because we've had such a great time with Instructables Build Nights, we're featuring a Year of Instructables projects at the event, with things like our DoDo Case build and our recent MaKey MaKey build night projects.  If anyone else is in the Tampa Bay area and would like to join in, let us know and we'll be sure to give you booth space!

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3rd Creative Prototyping summer school in Belgium, September 3rd - September 7th 2012

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v;=HQAHsL8dzEE www.howest.be/summerschool2012 Prototyping is a process in which a working model or prototype is developed for the purpose of testing various design aspects like features, ideas, viability, functionality, tactility, output and performance. Prototyping can help streamline creative (design) processes. Industrial Design Center (Belgium) therefore organizes the 3rd Creative Prototyping summer school, which is an opportunity for designers, engineers, (PhD) students, teachers, researchers and creative-technical people from all over the world to meet and train their model making skills.  The program offers 1 week full of maker workshops for people who share the passion for design and prototyping, co-creation and materialization of ideas: quick & dirty prototyping, clay modeling, laser cutting, 3D printing, wood turning, welding, plastic shaping processes, product photography, 3D scanning, foam modeling and arduino open source electronics (makey makey invention kit for everyone). The participants are coached by professionals: Lékué (Barcelona), Jürgen Heinl (former BMW modeler, München), Pilipili product design, Atohms design,.... Industrial Design Center is an open research-through-design-lab and a communication platform between the industry and the product design & design engineering programs offered at Howest University College West Flanders (Belgium).

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How makey "wrap around" bg/banner in blogger? Answered

I'm having a bit of trouble trying to figure out how to do an awesome background/header in Blogger that rolls beyond the width of the columns and doesn't get off-center/out-of-line with the blog content when the browser is resized.  You can see the problem here:  http://dangerplants.blogspot.com/ The blog isn't done or anything.  It's just an example of what happens the browser is resized, and it bothers me a lot. I don't know if the column code needs to be adjust or the background code needs to be changed or what.  I'm not good at CSS, and I don't know JavaScript, which blogger allows. I'm attaching a rough idea of what I'd like to be able to do.  Les sigh.

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idea for a simple and thin contact based sensor

Hello instructacles, I'm trying to build a simple contact-based set of sensors embedded in card board, paper or thin plastic sheets. I want to make a simple game for my kids that could detect/react to the presence/absence of some random items positionned on such a board? (empty glass bottle of coke, cereal box, shampoo bootle, you name it) Ideally i would use something like those books for kids where they have metallic threads "printed" on think plastic sheets and when you press them, it triggers a music. But i dont know how to print metal basically. don't really know how to get started. I was thinking of sewing conductive thread but i'm not really sure it would work. I have seen many attempts with aluminium foil (ex: https://www.instructables.com/id/Interactive-Art-With-Scratch-and-Makey-Makey/) but those are based on the fact that a human finger touches them (basically it uses the conductivity of skin), whereas in my game i was to use the weight of random objects from the house (in the 50g to 500g range typically) Any idea how i should get started ? thanks fourchu

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List of Upcoming Contests (updated 12/16/19)

Hello everyone! Below is a partial list of the 2020 contest calendar. Keep in mind that this list is subject to change and contests will continue to be added throughout the year. The contests below are already in planning, and I've left off ones that we're still trying to decide on. The months indicate when the contests will be launching. All contests will launch near the beginning of each month. Keep in mind that the list below is not set in stone. All contests and dates are subject to change!JanuaryCoffee Speed ChallengeKids Solving Problems Contest Makey Makey Contest Wearables Contest Raspberry Pi Contest Fix It Contest Warm and Fuzzy Challenge Snow Challenge Magnets ChallengeFebruaryRope & String Speed ChallengeAfter School Challenge Meat Free Meals Challenge Crazy 4 Coding Challenge Fiber Arts Contest Heart Contest Paper Contest Trash to Treasure ContestMarchWire Speed ChallengeStorytelling ChallengePCB "badge" ChallengeSpring Cleaning ContestSoft Robots Contest3D Printed ContestWoodworking ContestAprilRubber Band Speed ChallengeIndoor Plants ChallengeSpace ChallengeLeather ChallengeTea ChallengeCars and Motor Vehicles ContestArduino ContestFirst Time Authors Contest *All contests and dates are subject to change. Please leave suggestions for prizes here. You can also leave suggestions about contests here. Have a contest question? Check the Contest FAQ!

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Make HID (human interface design) beautiful

There are few ubiquitous household items as ugly in form and function as a computer keyboard. They're everywhere. They're an inefficient and archaic visual distraction, barely suited to stamp ink on dead trees, as they were originally designed to do. Computer components need to be elegant, form well married to specific functionality needs, if computers are to fade into the background of life and thus best support it -  and that is nigh impossible with the keyboard hanging out. I'm a hci software guy. I spent almost three years writing a library of code to enable a new generation of input devices… beautiful, simple  and efficient… closer to playing a musical instrument than typing on a typewriter. I need designs for a piece or two of hardware that shows off how beautiful and/or hidden a computer input device can be when you completely minimize its form… If you are an industrial designer or a mid level maker or even a just a for the fun of it 2d or 3d CAD nerd, allowing for the device functionality will be a trivial concern, with 90% of your attention paid to the form of the device… and that's what I'm looking for… a beautiful replacement for the horrible and outdated keyboard and mouse that shows off the features of the software and blends in to people's lives. The designs will be 5-key and 10-key. The electronics area to allow for will be pretty simple -  probably just an HID chip - as tiny as possible - with ports to wire to buttons, etc -  a power source, wireless connector (preferably low power bluetooth), and wires to connect the chip to everything it needs to connect to. While the designs can be created as completely conceptual, we would prefer to be able to physically prototype them using something like 3d printing, laser cutting or other maker accessible options and electronics components that would also be maker accessible. Preferably, the file format will be solidworks compatible. For now, this is an unpaid gig, with the compensation mainly being in the form of some really sweet portfolio designs, hope for a better HID tomorrow, and maybe a makey makey type gift for those times when nothing but a banana piano will do. We do have investor meetings lined up and will credit any prototype designs used to show off the software during those, as well. If we decide to sell the software in various configurations packaged with hardware variations, and everyone feels like a good time was had by all in this trial run, then we can talk about a production partnership. If that were to be a possibility, industrial design related experience or strong enough to heavily research it type interest - sourcing, packaging, etc. - would be a big bonus. (As a note, while the  HCI is all key input based now, there will later be support for things like 3d tracking options - So, the project could get even more exciting on the HID side.) __________________________________________________ If you are interested in learning more, please use the PM system provided through Instructables as first contact. Further contact info will be provided should the initial contacts merit it. Thanks!

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