MaKey MaKey Goes on Tour
Thank You To The MAX
OMG Wow! So..... much...... positive..... energy!!!! Thank you all! You are the best backers we could ever imagine!!!
We have been traveling since the day of our Kickstarter launch, and today is our first full day home. This update will cover our tour to: Maker Faire, Hardware Innovation Conference, IDEO.
At Maker Faire, the first thing we did was set up our sign, which was made of typical MaKey MaKey materials: keyboards, bananas, aluminum foil, and duct tape.
One of our demos, pictured above, was a roaming "High Five Machine." When you touch one of the Play-Doh buttons and high five the person wearing the High Five Machine, an animation plays on the screen corresponding to the color you touched.The booth was constructed and run by a totally stoked team:
From left to right: Jay's brother, Beau Silver (a ninja sound designer), Eric Rosenbaum and Jay Silver (MaKey MaKey co-founders), Qarly Q (a seriously amazing clown), and Mat Cegeila (a design wizard & self-taught iOS programmer).
Next we set up our booth demos including, of course, the banana piano (with apple and lime drums)
We also set up a beach ball controller for the game "Flabby Physics:"
We put some drums on the bananas and turned them into a "human synth" just by touching them with our hands:
We met so many people who had already backed the project it was unbelievable. We also met many people who hadn't heard of MaKey MaKey, and when we explained what it was you could see the wheels start to turn that they themselves could start to invent things right away with MaKey MaKey. This was a pleasure to watch especially when the person then smiled as they thought of their first of many good ideas. We saw this over and over again. This was our entire goal!!! We want to live in a world where everyone feels "I can change the world."
We met a lot of amazing Makers including Super Awesome Sylvia, the star of "Sylvia's Super Awesome Maker Show." She mentioned she might do an upcoming show on MaKey MaKey.
We also met a guy who had created his own LED hat by sewing into his hat with conductive thread. He said he plans to work with MaKey MaKey because it will help him invent faster, even though he already knows how to use Arduino, etc.
Then at the end of Maker Faire, two editors came by our booth and awarded us a Double Editor's Choice Award!
Throughout the Maker Faire we gave away 100 BETA MaKey MaKey boards (thanks to Intel and Rockwell) to educators and makers. Watch out for MaKey MaKeys as they are now in the wild.
Hardware Innovation Conference, Silicon Valley
CNET called this "The Real Business of the DIY Movement." CNET led their story of the whole conference with a photo of this ad-hoc MaKey MaKey Play-Doh Pacman controller demo:
(Huge thanks to Jay Melican for helping us run this demo)
We got lots of congratulations and MaKey MaKey support at this conference from people like Phil Torrone and Limor Fried of Make Magazine and Adafruit, as well as Mark Frauenfelder of Boing Boing and Make Magazine. The founder of Ninja Blocks took home a BETA MaKey MaKey board and said he'd make Ninja Blocks compatible with MaKey MaKey. Sweet!
For our last stop we visited IDEO, an excellent design firm. We gave the designers there a BETA MaKey MaKey board, and they were excited to try prototyping things at 100 times the normal speed they are used to.
Stay tuned for more announcements this week including:
- A new reward category
- A contest to get your hands on a BETA MaKey MaKey shipped in early June!!!
We really really love you all! Hugz & High 5's all around!
Jay and Eric