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With a MaKey MaKey circuit board, you can use any conductive items -- even bananas -- as an interface for computer applications.
With a MaKey MaKey circuit board, you can use any conductive item -- even a banana -- as a controller for computer applications. Photo Courtesy of MaKey MaKey.

Control Your Computer with Bananas!

Bored with your keyboard? Is your mouse a bit mundane? Perhaps you’d like to use fruits and vegetables to control your computer. Now you can, with a cool little circuit board called MaKey MaKey.

Just collect items around your home that conduct electricity and connect each one up to the MaKey MaKey with a banana clip. The MaKey MaKey plugs directly into your computer via USB. Simply touch the items you’ve connected, to control the application of your choice.

The MaKey MaKey video (below) features a guy making music with bananas, playing Mario Bros. with playdoh buttons, typing with letters from alphabet soup, and playing Dance, Dance Revolution using bins filled with water. (Note: Robot Magazine does not endorse horseplay, buckets of water, and laptops in close proximity.)

It might not look like much on its own, but MaKey MaKey is a simple solution for creating the user interface of your dreams. The robotic possibilities are endless! In fact, someone has already connected it to a robotic hand.

For $49.99 you get one MaKey MaKey, seven alligator clips, six connector wires, a USB cable, and the related documentation. Multiple circuit boards can be connected for even more fun! (MaKey MaKey works on Macs, PCs, and some mobile devices, but note that the keys can only be remapped using a Mac.)