Bleating Binary Banana

Amaze your friends with your very own bleating banana! Watch the video to get started.

In this project we use the MaKey MaKey board, its red USB cable, and 2 of the Alligator cables from the kit (plus a laptop and a banana) to make a "Bleating Banana".

How does it work?

The MaKey MaKey turns the banana into a Spacebar key. When you touch the banana, you make a connection, and MaKey MaKey sends the computer a keyboard message. The circuit that you complete sends the spacebar signal, making the sheep bleat. The computer just thinks MaKey MaKey is a regular keyboard (or mouse). Therefore it works with all programs and webpages, because all programs and webpages take keyboard and mouse input.

Get exploring:

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Stuff you'll need:

If you're doing this project at home or in school, you will need:

  • 1 MaKey MaKey board
  • 1 USB cable
  • 2 alligator cables
  • 1 banana
  • Laptop or computer with speakers

If you're doing the project in one of our workshops, you'll need the stuff from the Red Kit Red Kit

Project page

When you're ready, visit this page to see your project in action.

For teachers

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