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MaKey MaKey: An Invention Kit for Everyone

A project in Santa Cruz, CA by Jay Silver

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Ever played Mario on Play-Doh or Piano on Bananas? Alligator clip the Internet to your world and start inventing the future.
Backers: 11123
Average Pledge Per Backer: $51

Funded: $568,071 of $25,000
Dates: May 14th -> Jun 12th (30 days)
Project By: Jay Silver
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January 7th - via:
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January 2nd - via:
Kickstarter is rapidly becoming one of the most talked-about websites on the internet. Designed to give inventors and entrepreneurs around the world the chance to gain investment from anyone, it has already seen several success stories. (Read More)

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December 28th - via:
Crowdfunding site Kickstarter launched in April, 2009, and has revolutionized investment ever since. Through micro-funding, the platform managed to turn the internet into an online hub for raising money in small increments from the general public in support of a cause, product or project. In other words, suddenly, backing startups wasn’t just for venture capitalists, it was for everyman (and woman). (Read More)

Eating, Shipping, and Contesting

November 7th - via:
Star Spangled Banner for Dinner Christian Genco won a talent show with this performance and became the first Pro Maker ever sponsored by JoyLabz. The 5 minute performance is hilarious. His next MaKey MaKey performance will be at the Ingenuity event... (Read More)

Bacon Cloud, Unboxing, MaKey MaKey Event with Giveaways, Small Shipping Update

August 24th - via:
Minor Shipping Update As of August 17th SparkFun had shipped out  3,500 standard kits and  600 deluxe kits SparkFun is continuing with shipping into September.  (For more shipping info please see Update #10, including all the answered questions in... (Read More)

Shipment Begins! (last chance for survey, int'l shipping)

August 3rd - via:
In this update: Shipment Begins! -- If you filled out your survey and paid any necessary international shipping, sit back and dream up crazy ideaz as your MaKey MaKeys cruise to your doorsteps. Last Chance to Pay Your International Shipping... (Read More)

13,000 MaKey MaKeys Now in Production

July 7th - via:
We are one month after the close of the Kickstarter, and I think you'll be shocked and delighted to hear about our progress. If everything goes according to plan, YOUR MAKEY MAKEYS ARE COMING SOON!  Eric visited our manufacturer, SparkFun, last... (Read More)

BBC Coverage this Week

June 8th - via:
We were on BBC World Service this week, and they covered us in an article yesterday. Here is a snippet from the BBC article: Around 150 beta-versions of the kit have been made available to test-users and AnnMarie Thomas, based in Minneapolis, was... (Read More)

Contest Winners!

June 7th - via:
The MaKey MaKey team was overwhelmed by the awesomeness of the over 300 entries to the invention contest. After some intense deliberation we are finally ready to announce the ten winners! Here are they are, in no particular order. The winners will be... (Read More)

Mindsplosion of MaKey MaKey Invention Videos in the Wild

June 3rd - via:
With MaKey MaKey barely in the hands of Beta Testers, we didn't expect to see this many awesome inventions documented in the wild. WOW! Thanks to all the MaKey MaKers who are documenting their projects. Cute Kid Cracks Upcbosuna shows us the... (Read More)

Amazing Invention Contest Entries

June 2nd - via:
In a recent update we launched the "What would you makey?" invention idea contest, with 10 MaKey MaKey kits to go to winning ideas. The contest is still open through end of today. We have been amazed by the deluge of diverse ideas. Here are some... (Read More)

Banana Piano Performances by Beau Silver and Amanda Palmer

June 1st - via:
Check out these two amazing performances on the MaKey MaKey banana piano, by Stanford graduate student Beau Silver, and musician Amanda Palmer! Beau Silver is a brilliantly talented member of the MaKey MaKey team, and he also happens to be Jay's... (Read More)

New Rewards: Deluxe kits, and larger quantities!

May 30th - via:
The response we've gotten to MaKey MaKey has been so amazing that we decided we needed some new rewards. Remember, you can adjust your pledge amount right up until the end of the kickstarter: just click “manage your pledge,” and you can enter a... (Read More)

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