Chapter 11. Seven Billion Best Robots Ever

Jay Silver is a maker, designer, and inventor. I’ve worked with Jay for a few years and feel lucky to know him. Jay invented MaKey MaKey, an invention kit, with Eric Rosenbaum. MaKey MaKey allows you to turn anything into an interface. Just plug the board into your computer with a USB connector and, using alligator clips, you can turn anything into a keyboard or device to control your computer. There are amazing YouTube videos that show how people have turned bananas and stairs into pianos, Play-Doh into Super Mario controllers, and even buckets of water into Dance Dance Revolution controllers!

As you can imagine, Jay has a unique perspective on design. He gave a TEDx talk called “Hack a banana, make a ...

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