Pearl Chen
Sep 4, 2014
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Turn Anything Into An Interactive Controller: MaKey MaKey Workshop with Pearl Chen

Have you ever wanted to take one of your projects beyond a mouse and keyboard? With the MaKey MaKey, it’s easy to augment any existing desktop software or web app with real world objects to create new user experiences.

Join in on this 3-hour, hands-on workshop to explore what you can do with physical computing. Use a real banana to enhance a banana throwing game. Use real water to enhance a swimming tutorial app. Use tilt sensors to add physical exercising to any software program. Wherever your imagination takes you.

Things to bring to the workshop:

  • a laptop

  • an existing web app, software, or game that uses keyboard as its main source of user input. (Mouse input works too but if you’re new to MaKey MaKey, start with the keyboard and work your way to mouse as you get more comfortable)

  • an idea around how you can enhance the experience using physical objects


MaKey MaKey - An Invention Kit for Everyone from jay silver on Vimeo.

We’ll supply you (or your group) with:

  • a MaKey MaKey and appropriate wires

  • an assortment of odds and ends to turn into buttons 

  • some inspiration to get you started

  • mentors who can guide you if you get stuck   


No previous experience is required!

About the Instructor:

From HTML to LEDs, Android to Arduino — Pearl Chen takes on a cross-disciplinary approach to her work.

With over 10 years of professional experience, Pearl currently works independently as both a developer and educator. Under the umbrella of her own company, Karma Laboratory, Pearl runs electronics and web development workshops. Pearl also offers developer relations consulting services and has worked with Google, TELUS, Intel, Samsung, and Ladies Learning Code.

Top Image Credits: jayahisma via and Pearl Chen. Cropped for size.
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