We've been following the work of Michael Bycraft for a few years now! His students often use Makey Makey to learn the iterative design process. Today we were wowed by this controller that uses Makey Makey with a helmet to create a tilt sensor you control with head movement! Simply amazing design that can also be used as an assistive tech device!
“How might you redesign a controller?” Part 2. This is, without a doubt, the most unique design. This student incorporates a @makeymakey into a helmet, which activates as you tilt your head different directions. Amazing. #makerspace #designthinking #adaptivetechnology pic.twitter.com/hdO7QZ2euU— Michael Bycraft (@mabycraft) October 1, 2021
Michael inspired his students by asking them "How might you redesign a controller?" Students worked with Makey Makey to create their own inventions.
Michael teaches middle school and high school design and innovation classes at KIS which is a private, nonsectarian school offering an American college preparatory curriculum. It is a school in the suburbs of Seoul, serving international students, as well as Korean nationals.
"I was born with one normal hand, and a very small other hand with only one finger. It's called Poland's Syndrome. I love video games and always have. One of my early memories with design and making was taking apart the NES controller and trying to customize it to better work with my hand. Since then I have always enjoyed tinkering with things designed for people with two hands. I was inspired especially by Microsoft XBox Adaptive controller and wondered if my students might be able to take a Makey Makey and create unique things with it inspired by this idea. However, the initial challenge wasn't controller-based. It was very open-ended and the students were messing around but it all gravitated toward game controls because of all the cool apps on the Makey Makey page."
"Make a cool interface for something using your Makey Makey."
We love to see teachers and students using Makey Makey to create assistive technology for others!