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HOW TO: Quick Start, Software Setup | Materials | Software | Troubleshooting Setup 1) Plug in USB Small side of USB cable plugs into MaKey MaKey, big side plugs into computer. 2) Close Popup Window Your computer may ask you to install drivers or do other setup. 3) Connect to Earth Connect one end of an alligator clip to "Earth" on the bottom of the front side of MaKey MaKey. 4) Connect to Yourself Hold the metal part of the other end of the alligator clip between your fingers. 5) Connect to "Space" and Try It While you're still grounded, touch the round "Space" pad on the MaKey MaKey. I Luv MaKey MaKey 5) Play some MaKey MaKey drums! 6) Connect Stuff Now you can try making your own drums out of anything. Try Out Different Materials Make anything into a key! Conductive Materials Here are a few things to try: Most fruits and vegetables work great. Try Out Software MaKey MaKey works with any software that uses the keyboard or mouse. You can also try out interacting with:

How to Build a Robot Tutorial - Society of Robots About this Robot Arm Tutorial The robot arm is probably the most mathematically complex robot you could ever build. As such, this tutorial can't tell you everything you need to know. Instead, I will cut to the chase and talk about the bare minimum you need to know to build an effective robot arm. To get you started, here is a video of a robot arm assignment I had when I took Robotic Manipulation back in college. You might be also interested in a robot arm I built that can shuffle, cut, and deal playing cards. Degrees of Freedom (DOF) The degrees of freedom, or DOF, is a very important term to understand. Denavit-Hartenberg (DH) Convention The Robot Arm Free Body Diagram (FBD) The Denavit-Hartenberg (DH) Convention is the accepted method of drawing robot arms in FBD's. 4 DOF Robot Arm, three are out of plane: 3 DOF Robot Arm, with a translation joint: 5 DOF Robot Arm: Notice between each DOF there is a linkage of some particular length. (image credit: Cartesian Gantry Robot Arm

Resources - Fun e-Textile oriented guide and additional projects to get you started in the fun world of sewable electronics. The guide outlines each concept with a simple project that students can complete to learn the concept. The Soft Circuits guide is the perfect place for beginners to learn the basics of e-textiles. The Soft Circuits guide was written by Emily Lovell at the High - Low Tech research group at M.I.T. Media Labs. Concepts covered include: Soft Circuits and what they areTroubleshooting Soft CircuitsA simple soft circuit switchOther types of switchesParallel circuitsMicrocontrollers

Robotic Claw Description: This robotic claw is a step up from the classic. The MKII takes everything you loved about the standard robot claw from DAGU and makes some significant improvements! Just like the classic claw, they are made from metal and are pretty heavy-duty, but the MKII also features brass sleeves in the joints which make them more rigid and less likely to come loose. The claw opens to about 2" and depending on the servo motor used, it can pick up some relatively heavy objects. The new spring-loaded clutch helps protect your servo gears from damage and also increases the gearing to 2:1, allowing the servo to act over its entire range and provide more gripping power! These also have a mounting plate on the bottom which accepts standard spacing found on servo mounts (the extra bits that come with our servo motors). Documents: Replaces: ROB-10332

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