Turn Anything Into a Game Controller: Wonderful or Pointless?

Gaming 2012/05/29 06:34:34
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Jay Silver and Eric Rosenbaum, final-year PhD students at the MIT Media Lab, are working on an "invention kit" that can turn literally anything into a keyboard button -- apples, bits of clay, your little brother, anything. They were shooting for $25,000 in funding by June 12 when they launched the project's Kickstarter page, but already have more than a quarter of a million dollars in pledges.

To explain how the device works, they write, "Alligator Clip two objects to the MaKey MaKey board. For example, you and an apple. When you touch the apple, you make a connection, and MaKey MaKey sends the computer a keyboard message. The computer just thinks MaKey MaKey is a regular keyboard (or mouse). Therefore it works with all programs and webpages, because all programs and webpages take keyboard and mouse input." That means you could realistically play "Call of Duty" with a mouse and a pile of bananas. But does it sound like a wonderful idea, or a pointless invention?

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  • avery johnson 2012/10/15 15:20:28
    avery johnson
    could turn into something cool in time
  • Sean 2012/10/15 10:25:09
    Although some of the applications are pointless, the stair piano, and pencil drawing controller were pretty cool.
  • WanderingWeirdly 2012/10/15 09:22:52
    Wonderfully pointless ^_^
  • ♥▀Acid Doll▀♥ 2012/10/15 07:55:21
    ♥▀Acid Doll▀♥
    makes me scared to ask what they will come up with next, i mean can you see your self using a ham as a wii like controller, or a grape fruit during a boxing game 0-o i think they been nipping a bit on me , to much acid does it sometimes

    acid funny
  • Transquesta 2012/10/15 07:38:32
    Wonderfully pointless--unless it leads to a bigger, better, badder, bolder idea. These gimmicks usually do. I think this is how they invented the mouse way back in the day. :-)
  • Airhead 2012/10/15 07:25:44
    Was going to buy one till I saw the $40 price tag.
  • Thierry 2012/05/29 18:07:33
    Shooting with a gun connected to it. Awesome!!

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