When someone like Jared Tarbell supports a project on the mini-on-line VC program “Kickstarter”… and you receive the notification in your inbox, the first thing you do is try and remember if you gave KS permission to send you those kind of e-mails on top of their weekly newsletter. And then you may think… wait… Mr Tarbell supporting a project by MIT Media Lab PhD students? We have to check this one out!
While we’ve already seen a quite a few conductive adaptive projects we hadn’t come across an affordable DIY kit like Makey Makey (which they call “Invention kit”), this is where all the merit goes to: creating a plug&play 30€ kit for creatives and educators.
The Kit (as a good open-sourced hardware device) is based on Arduino … but it’s aimed precisely at those of us who haven’t learned or don’t have time to enter the platform world; everything courtesy of Jay Silver and Eric Rosenbaum who’ve been working on their little baby for over a year and who’re now looking for generous funders to design & build the 4th version of MM.
The project, as it usually happens with these sort of “open” ideas, it’s been funded pretty much instantly after being posted, so as they usually say… more $$$ can only make the Kit v4 look cooler. 28 days left to go… and 28 days left to grab 1, 5 or 30 MakeyMakeys… up to you. More info this way.
Oh and as a quick reminder for those living around the San Francisco area… they Makey Makey will make it into the Maker Faire next Saturday & Sunday.