kidOYO MaKey MaKey Minecraft Hack





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Published on Aug 10, 2013

kidOYO Makey Makey Minecraft Hack:

Using a MaKey MaKey with PlayDoh, Minecraft, Electrical Wires and Copper Tape to construct a full body game controller using both hands and feet touch pads.

kidOYO Maker Dojo at University of Mary Washington, August 9th, 2013


The goal of this project is to build an oversized controller that would enable a user to play Minecraft and control the movement of Steve (forward, back, left, right and punch) with their hands and feet.


MaKey MaKey, Copper Tape, Electrical Wires, Alligator Clips, Cardboard, Playdoh, Duct Tape, Minecraft Software

Duration: 1.5 hours


We were successfully able to control Steve's movements (left, right, forward, backwards and punch) using the MaKey MaKey. There was increased lag in processing our new controller instructions but it worked nonetheless.

This project requires multiple test-fail-test routines...students should be prepared to fail forward and iterate constantly.


We had some obstacles we had to overcome;
It was a challenge getting the mapping of "W,A,S,D" keys to work via the MaKey MaKey...we had to use jumper wires on the back of the board to map the new keys.

Another obstacle we had was the copper tape was easy to short out. If another material touched the tape at any point from the MaKey MaKey to the conductive material it would cause an interruption in the circuit.

Lastly, the Playdoh buttons could not be too thick otherwise the MaKey MaKey would not recognize any input.

Fun Level:

4 out of 5 stars

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