Unlearn How Things Work w/ Jay Silver

Jay Silver will join us to launch the "invention kit for everyone": MaKey MaKey!

 

Food and Craft Beer @ 6:47 PM

Presentation, Demos and Q&A @ 7:19 PM

 

What is MaKey MaKey?

Brought to life by an over 2,000% funded Kickstarter campaign, MaKey MaKey is "an invention kit for the 21st century. Turn everyday objects into touchpads and combine them with the internet. It's a simple Invention Kit for Beginners and Experts doing art, engineering, and everything in between."

Wait, I'm a TechXplorer so I need more technical info than that...* (see below)

 

About Jay Silver:

 

Come Xplore:

  • How the Maker Movement is transforming the prototyping of interactive systems
  • What Intel and others are doing to support and learn from the Maker Movement
  • Why you shouldn't (but could!) use your cat as a game controller =)

 

RSVP now to reserve your spot!

 

Ever played Mario on Play-Doh or Piano on Bananas? Alligator clip the Internet to your world and start inventing the future.

 

*MaKey MaKey is...

MaKey MaKey is a printed circuit board with an ATMega32u4 microcontroller running Arduino Leonardo firmware. It uses the Human Interface Device (HID) protocol to communicate with your computer, and it can send keypresses, mouse clicks, and mouse movements. For sensing closed switches on the digital input pins, we use high resistance switching to make it so you can close a switch even through materials like your skin, leaves, and play-doh. We use a pull-up resistor of 10-50 mega ohms. This technique attracts noise on the input, so we use a moving window averager to lowpass the noise in software, saving money on hardware filtering. There are six inputs on the front of the board, which can be attached to via alligator clipping, soldering to the pads, or any other method you can think of. There are another 12 inputs on the back, 6 for keyboard keys, and 6 for mouse motion, which you can access with jumpers via the female headers. If you wish to use a different set of keys, or otherwise change the behavior of your MaKey MaKey, you can simply reprogram it using the Arduino environment. By cutting a trace on the back of the board, you can disconnect the large pull-up resistors if you want to, which would be necessary in a small minority of Arduino projects. more info here.

 

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  • Amanda S.

    For those who won a MaKey MaKey at our last event: Have you attempted to fulfill your creative goals with the kit yet? Please share any updates!

    (Next TechXploration being announced this week...=))

    September 19, 2012

  • Amanda S.

    Video of the banana jam, presentation and Q&A are now live on our Youtube channel (subscribe!): http://tinyurl.com/9pq4pze­

    Photos from the event are on our Flickr: http://flic.kr/s/aHsjBU9mtQ­

    Share with friends!

    September 3, 2012

  • Roman V S.

    The beer tasting was great! We should make it happen at every TechXploration meetup -- BYOB-style!

    August 28, 2012

  • Roman V S.

    Great talk and an excellent, brilliant pairing with craft beer tasting! We should make it happen at all future TechXploration events -- BYOB style!

    August 28, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Brought my teenage daughter. She was fascinated.

    August 28, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Terrific talk!

    August 28, 2012

  • Michael W.

    Thanks so much, this was great!

    1 · August 27, 2012

  • Michael W.

    Amazing, very inspiring!

    August 27, 2012

  • Phillip R.

    Not often you see teenagers completely mesmerized by a tech presentation. :-)

    Jay Silver did a fantastic presentation.

    2 · August 27, 2012

  • Bob O.

    I love the times stated on the agenda - 6:47, 7:19 - I think someone was feeling playful.
    I'm in! Even if only to see if it actually goes that way.

    2 · August 27, 2012

  • Suz

    Hi. Is the food/beer "potluck" style? Want to be sure to pick something up if it is.... Thanks.

    August 26, 2012

    • Amanda S.

      Hi Suz, food and beer will be provided. But, extra love will be given to folks who bring their favorite craft beer...see you then!

      1 · August 26, 2012

    • Rey

      Just love your answer Amanda!

      August 26, 2012

  • Chris P.

    Cool, a hardware topic... Will there be an opportunity to play with the kits at the event?

    August 23, 2012

    • Amanda S.

      Hi Chris! We are working on getting a kit or two set up at the event so folks can play around with it.

      1 · August 23, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Allo, maybe this is a dumb question, but will there be MaKey MaKey kits available to purchase or is this just a teaser?

    August 22, 2012

    • Amanda S.

      Hi Nina! No word yet on whether they'll be on sale, but we did just receive 10 units from Jay in the mail so we'll be raffling those out.

      August 22, 2012

  • Amanda S.

    Extra special prize for folks who bring their favorite craft beer to share!

    1 · August 8, 2012

    • Aimie A.

      I will bring Shiner Bock straight from Austin

      3 · August 8, 2012

  • Aimie A.

    Sounds exciting..I will be there.

    July 24, 2012

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