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Makey Makey GO How To

Setup | Different Keys | Materials | Troubleshooting

If you've got a Makey Makey Classic, click here.

Setup

1) Plug in USB

The lights on the GO will dance a little, then settle on Blue.

Blue = Right Click.

2) Close Popup Window (If Any)

Your computer may ask you to install drivers or do other setup. You can click cancel or close the window.

3) Connect your object

Connect the alligator clip from your object to the Plus Sensor  

4) Press Play

Tap the Play Button  . The GO has now recalibrated itself to accept the object.

5) Play!

Now you can use your clemintine to click on things! Tap your clemintine and see what happens.

6) Space Out

To switch between "mouse left-click" and "space bar," tap the Gear Button   on the Makey Makey GO. This will turn the light Red. Now tapping your clemintine will send a "space bar" signal to your computer.

Red light = space bar

Blue light = mouse left-click

Green light = active sensor

Use different keys!

If you want to go beyond "left click" and "spacebar", visit makeymakey.com/remap and follow the instructions to change what key command is triggered by the Makey Makey when the light is Red.

"Left click" will always be there when you switch to the Blue light.

Unplugging your GO will reset the keys to "space bar" and "left click".

Sensitive Setting

Press and hold the Play Button  

The Sensitive Setting is still calibrating to the specific object you have connected, although with greater sensitivity. Tap the Play Button   again to leave the Sensitive Setting.

Say you've got a big pot, and you tap play, and then you tap the pot, but Makey Makey GO can't tell you're touching the pot (the light doesn't turn green). This is a good time to try the sensitive setting.

Extras

Send a Postcard!

Use the backboard! Put a postage stamp and an address on it and send it on its way.

Can't think of someone to write to? Send us a drawing of your invention! We're at

JoyLabz
PO Box 1444
Santa Cruz CA 95061

Try Out Different Materials

Make anything into a key! You can send a signal through anything that's even a little bit conductive. You can also create inventions that combine conductive and non-conductive parts.

Conductive Materials

Here are a few things to try:

  • Most fruits and vegetables work great.
  • Lots of other foods work too. We've tried marshmallows, gummy candies, macaroni and cheese, cupcakes, shrimp, and lots of other things.
  • Plants can work too. Try some leaves or flowers, but nothing too dry.
  • Play-Doh, Model Magic and other clays work very well as long as they stay moist.
  • People are conductive! Connect one person to the Plus Sensor   and see what happens when they high five another person. Keep in mind that it'll work best when the smaller person is connected to the Makey Makey GO. You may also want to use the "sensitive setting" for people!
  • Graphite from a pencil can work. Make thick, dark lines, and be sure to draw on a smooth surface.
  • Foil and other metal objects will work. Try out coins, magnets, nuts and bolts, forks and knives, copper tale, or pots and pans.

Troubleshooting

I can't get a key to press!

  • Make sure your Makey Makey GO is plugged into the computer.
  • The Makey Makey GO should have a red or blue light on the back showing that it is connected properly. Is it lit? If there's no light, something is wrong with the computer or the GO.
  • If a light comes on but it's green, try tapping the Play Button   to recalibrate the GO.
  • If the USB port on your computer is blue plastic, it's USB 3.0, and may not work with Makey Makey GO. Try using a USB 2.0 port. This problem comes up with Windows 7 machines most often.
  • Try sending a signal in the simplest way you can. Just tap the Plus Sensor   with your finger to see if the light turns green. If it turns green, it should be sending a signal to your computer.
  • When you are alligator clipping everyday materials, they need to be at least a little bit conductive. For example, play-doh, a banana, or aluminum foil should work. Plastic, most fabrics or paper will not work directly. You can always combine materials, for example by wetting the paper or putting play-doh onto the plastic.

One of the keys won't stop pressing over and over! What should I do?

  • Try tapping the Play Button  
  • Try unplugging the Makey Makey GO from your computer, then plug it back in again.
  • If the object connected to the Makey Makey GO is your own body, then perhaps you are sending a connection by touching your computer's metal case, or by not wearing shoes. Take a step back and see what you are touching.
  • Perhaps one of the objects connected to the Makey Makey GO that you think is well insulated is not. For example, if you connect a banana to your Makey Makey and it's sitting on a wooden cutting board, is that cutting board moist or dry? If it's moist then perhaps your hand is sending a signal through the moisture.
  • Is it raining? Is it extremely humid- are you in a rainforest? This can sometimes cause porous materials, such as paper or clothing, to become conductive.

It works sometimes, but not other times. :(

  • Your materials might not be conductive enough. For example, if your object is a vegetable, does it have a dry skin?
  • If you are using a drawn graphite line from a pencil, make sure the line is heavy and dark. Draw your line on a hard smooth surface, such as a table without any grain in it. Take care in folding the paper, because it can sometimes break the graphite connection. Once you are expert at drawing the lines, you don't have to follow any rules, but if you can't get it to work try the tips mentioned.





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