Hack a banana

Jay Silver: Hack a banana, make a keyboard!

WARNING! This TED Talk might inspire you to make a keyboard. Or a video game controller. Or a slide show run by someone jumping on a trampoline.

A few great lines from Jay Silver’s talk:

Warning! User may start to believe they can change the way the world works.
Extended usage may result in creative confidence. 

Sometimes what we know can get in the way of what could be.

The world is your construction kit

Why can’t two slices of pizza be used as a slide clicker? Why shouldn’t you make music with ketchup? In this charming talk, inventor Jay Silver talks about the urge to play with the world around you. He shares some of his messiest inventions, and demos MaKey MaKey, a kit for hacking everyday objects.

Jay Silver and Eric Rosenbaum’s MaKey MaKey kit
lets you turn everyday objects into computer interfaces —
inspiring both fun and practical new inventions.

Why you should listen

Jay Silver is the founder/director of JoyLabz and a Maker Research Scientist at Intel Labs. With Eric Rosenbaum, he’s the co-inventor of MaKey MaKey. He also runs digital prototyping workshops for many companies such as IDEO and youth centers such as Computer Clubhouses.

Silver studied electrical engineering at Georgia Tech, where he was named Engineer of the Year. He was awarded a Gates Scholarship to earn a master’s in Internet Technology from Cambridge University. He also holds a master’s in Media Arts and Sciences from MIT Media Lab where he was an NSF Fellow. At MIT Media Lab’s Lifelong Kindergarten, he won a Lemelson Student Prize.

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