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LearnerDiver
04-03-2013, 10:05 PM
Last year I put some money into a kickstarter project for Makey Makey, MaKey MaKey: An Invention Kit for Everyone - Buy Direct (Official Site) (http://www.makeymakey.com/) as part of this I received one of the first boards intending to use it to investigate using them to develop some projects for disabled computer access, like a lot of projects I never got time to go anywhere with it.

I still have a board on the shelf unused other than tested and played with - is anyone involved in teaching disabled and can make use of it or does anyone know a disabled computer user who could use it? Free of charge.

The board is designed to make any item that conducts electricity, e.g. a bunch of bananas!, into a computer input device - see the video for full explanation - it emulates the click, arrows, space bar, W,A,S,D,F,G, and left & right click but can be changed to chose any keys. It would enable you to use almost anything for basic computer input or mouse emulation. All you do is attach the earth to the user and the other cables to the object to be used.

I've done a fair bit of electronics and have access to machine tools so if anyone can use it I can make an enclosure for it if needed, etc.

See also MaKey MaKey QuickStart Guide - SparkFun Electronics (http://www.sparkfun.com/tutorials/378) and MaKey MaKey Quickstart Guide (Part 2) - SparkFun Electronics (http://www.sparkfun.com/tutorials/388) for how to set it up and how to program it if you want to go that far but there is no need it is plug and play as a USB device, I can help with programming it if needed.