FunKi FunKi Evaluation Package for Beta Testers.  This board is in prototype and not widely available yet.

 

Thanks for evaluating the FunKi FunKi board.  We have several goals for the evaluation:

 

--How does the FunKi FunKi compare to a Makey Makey without using any of the sensors, just standard Makey Makey operations.

--How does adding sensors expand the abilities of FunKi FunKi?  We hope it allows the board to be used with science measurments (breakbeam times a moving toy car, pendulum, etc.) , more user interface possibilities, easier start up, etc.  It is our thought that being able to use IR breakbeam sensors, heartbeat sensors, motion detectors, tilt sensors, pushbuttons etc. adds a lot of functionality to this type of product.

--To find out whether using only alligator holes and not the headers and wires improves the usability of the product

--Any other suggestions

 

In the real product sensor package, each of the sensors will either be fitted with a Grove cable which plugs into the extension cable with the alligators, or we might fit each sensor with direct alligator clips and not use the Grove connectors at all.

 

Your package contains:

 

FunKi FunKi board

 

USB cable

 

5 double ended alligator clip cables for standard Makey Makey activities

 

Also some cables for connecting the sensors to the FunKi FunKi (sorry for the kludgy electrical tape and solder joints)

 

A cable that has three female headers on one end and three alligator clips on the other.  This allows direct connection of the sensors with header pins to the FunKi FunKi board.

 

An extension cable with a female Grove connector on one end and three alligator clips.  You can attach the heartbeat sensor directly to the FunKi FunKi board with this by plugging the white male Grove connector on the sensor into the female Grove connector, then clipping the alligators to the FunKi FunKi holes.

 

A cable or two with a Grove male connector on one end and three female headers on the other.  This is to be used to connect the sensors with header pins to the extension Grove female end of the cable that has alligator clips on the other end, that are to be connected to the FunKi FunKi.  This duplicates the function of the first cable, but might be handy.

 

Makey Makey comparison:  

 

Please try to use the FunKi FunKi board as you would a Makey Makey.  Some differences:

 

We have dropped the headers that Makey Makey uses, as we feel that the alligator holes are the best way to connect things to the board.  Try the classic Makey Makey objects:  fruit, metal foil, etc.

 

We have moved to a more standard micro USB cable instead of Makey Makey's mini USB

 

Using the included sensors:  

 

We have also bundled a number of powered digital on/off sensors with the FunKi FunKi board, so that in addition to everything you can do with a Makey Makey, you can add digital sensors, whose output is either on or off.  Analog sensors that offer a range of values won't work here, though of course they work nicely on the Make!Sense board.

 

Most of the included sensors require power, which means they will use all three connections of the alligator connectors.  The positive power strip is at the top of the board, so just clip the red alligator there.  The bottom holes and strip are ground or negative and you'll clip the black alligator there.  The keystroke and mouse control holes on the board are for a sensor's "signal" lead, which is white.  The USB connection provides all the power these sensors need.

 

Orange IR breakbeam sensor with alligator clips attached

 

Heartbeat sensor in two parts, with white Grove male connector.  Plug the audio jack of the earpiece into the jack on the beige interface box.  Use the Grove female to alligator clips for this by plugging the sensor box's male Grove connector into the female Grove, then attaching the alligator clips to the FunKi FunKi board holes.

 

PIR sensor with three headers marked VCC, OUT, GND to be connected to RED, WHITE and BLACK

 

Touch sensor (which can also take an alligator clip on its gold disk to connect to an object) with connections marked +,-,OUT (red, black,white)

 

Tilt sensor marked GND, OUT, 5V (black, white, red)

 

Pushbutton marked GND, OUT, VCC (black, white red)

 

A Hall magnetic sensor marked GND, OUT, 5V (black, white, red)

 

An IR presence sensor marked G, O, V (black, white, red) (less useful since it only sends a keytroke back when the sensor is "off", ie a finger is removed from its field.  We will try to find the "not" version of this sensor.  However the orange IR breakbeam does a good job for this type of interaction, and has a long range.