DMG's New Peripherals with MaKey MaKey workshop

DMG's New Peripherals with MaKey MaKey workshop

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This is an alternative version of my previous presentation ("Beyond the Screen") but instead in the context of a MaKey MaKey workshop.


Pearl Chen

March 09, 2013


  1. MaKey MaKey Creating Physical Video Games Beyond the Screen featuring

  2. Alex Leitch @aeleitch Nadine Lessio @_nadine awesome

    peeps: with Google+: Twitter: @PearlChen Pearl Chen
  3. Playing games are mentally stimulating but... What about our

    1,000,000s of other nerve cells and muscles?
  4. What inspires me A-Nerve by CuteCircuit

  5. The future is already here — it's just not

    very evenly distributed. William Gibson
  6. The Third Industrial Revolution From The Economist, April 2012 A

    number of remarkable technologies are converging: clever software, novel materials, more dexterous robots, new processes (notably 3D printing) and a whole range of web-based services. The factory of the past was based on cranking out zillions of identical products. The factory of the future will focus on mass customisation.
  7. Everyone is an inventor.

  8. Microcontrollers 1975: Microchip PIC MaKey MaKey Arduino

  9. Hardware startups becoming viable [The founder] also shared a photo

    of the first Pebble prototype using an Arduino and some similarly cobbled-together hardware. That was four years ago. Pebble Kickstarter campaign as of June 2012 via Slashgear
  10. Looking at the trends • Small, yet mighty • Multi-screen

    • Always on • $$$ ⇾ $ Steve Mann - world’s first cyborg Project Glass by Google
  11. Examples

  12. Nintendo Wii (2006) Wii by Nintendo Visit this link

    to find out more about accelerometers.
  13. Guitar Hero (2005) & Rock Band (2007) Rock Band

    by Harmonix
  14. Taiko no Tatsujin aka Taiko Drum Master (2001) Taiko

    no Tatsujin arcade by Namco An arcade come back? Vancouver: EXP Restaurant + Bar (soon) New York: Babycastles (NY Times article on them)
  15. Dance Dance Revolution (1998) Dance Dance Revolution arcade by

  16. Xbox Kinect (2010) Dance Central by Harmonix KInect by

  17. An aside: Computer vision • Computer (or machine) vision

    is also a very old technique. • No physical hardware inputs at all -- just software analyzing a video feed. Blob detection example using openCV and ofxKinect for openFrameworks. (Image credit)
  18. Recurse (2010) Recurse by Matt Parker Alternative use for

    phone cameras Instant Heart Rate app by Azumio
  19. PainStation (2001) The artwork formerly known as PainStation by

    Volker Morawe and Tilman Reiff
  20. ascii fighter (2004) ascii fighter by Paul Litherland [QuickTime

  21. Duello (2011) Duello created by Matt Parker

  22. Johann Sebastian Joust (2011) JS Joust by Douglas Wilson

    (h/t The Verge)
  23. B.U.T.T.O.N. (Brutally Unfair Tactics Totally OK Now) (2011) B.U.T.T.O.N.

    co-designed by Douglas Wilson (inspired by “Animal Tracker Mode” in Wii Party)
  24. Light Trikes (2012) Light Trikes created by Frog for

    SXSW 2012
  25. Connect Four (2012) Connect Four created by Frog for

    SXSW 2012
  26. Neighbourhoodie (2009) / Project HoodiePlay (2010) Neighbourhoodie created @

    CFC Media Lab by students: Rose Bianchini, David McCallum, and Kathleen Climie (with help from Angella Mackey and David Bouchard) Project HoodiePlay created @ CFC Media Lab for 01SJ by: David McCallum, Angella Mackey and Kate Hartman
  27. Prom Pong (2009) Prom Pong created by Ed Keeble

  28. Squiddle (2012) Squiddle created by Nadine Lessio (video at

    bottom of blog post)
  29. Wearables in Toronto We seem to have a high

    concentration of makers who work in wearables... • Toronto wearables meetup ( • OCAD’s Social Body Lab ( • (And remember that Steve Mann is based out of U of T too.)
  30. Game making in Toronto We also have tons of

    indie game events and organizations... • Dames Making Games ( • Bento Miso co-working space ( • The Hand Eye Society ( • T.O. Jam (
  31. Additional Resources • Fashionable Technology by Sabine Seymour •

    Design of the Elastic Mind exhibition catalogue microsite (or book) from MOMA show in 2008 • Programming Interactivity (2nd Edition) by Joshua Noble • Making Things Talk (2nd Edition) by Tom Igoe • Electronics store listings for Toronto (compiled by me)
  32. MaKey MaKey -specific games MaKey MaKey Invention Kit Video:

    Utensil, tinfoil wind chimes with MAX / MIDI: Happy Birthday with Flowers: DDR with Tinfoil: Musical Paintings: Building a Cloud Server with a sandwich: Beach Ball Interface: High-Fiving: | Water Test: Bluetooth Hat: Bottle + Water Joystick: AtmousFur - Makey Makey + some extra programming + Bluetooth:
  33. Thank you!