New Peripherals with MakeyMakey

Saturday, March 9, 2013
1:00pm - 5:00pm

at DMG HQ @ 32 Lisgar Street

Instructors: Alex Leitch, Pearl Chen, and Nadine Lessio

How do you interact with video games?

Typically, with a familiar controller like a gamepad (such as an Xbox or Nintendo controller), a keyboard, or a mouse. In old arcade cabinets there were sticks and buttons; in newer consoles motion and audio sensors are all the rage.

But what if a game controller could be… anything?

Actually, they can! Components are easier than ever to afford and program, so anyone can be an inventor and pair creative ideas about physical objects with screen-based games. Sound like you? Come deconstruct and reinvent the way video games are played with us! You’ll get your hands on a MaKey MaKey and video games created by Toronto game developers, and prototype a new game input device alongside fellow curious and creative people.

We’ll provide an assortment of supplies to play with – such as Nerf balls, markers, conductive paint and thread. The MakeyMakey turns anything into buttons, including, famously, bananas.

What will I leave the workshop with?

You’ll take home your peripheral, including the MaKey MaKey, a force sensor kit, and a tilt sensor. Plus a new vocabulary, confidence to create your own game input devices, and resources for exploring more on your own.

Use promo code “nokit” to register for this workshop without the option to take home your peripheral and kit ($15).

Who should participate?

Anyone interested in games or making interactive physical objects who knows what a variable is or is tired of messing with circuit boards to see a response on screen.

Are children welcome?

Absolutely! Registrants may bring along one child under age 12 for free. You will work together on the same project.

Class is limited to 10 people to ensure plenty of one-on-one instruction and help.


Interested in joining DMG? Dues are $10 per month. Members get discounts on paid workshops, access to private events and studio sessions, member jams, and more.

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