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Playing the piano may seem like nothing special to you, but what about playing it on apple instead of piano keys? Lin Hai, a 24-year-old graduate from Zhejiang University of Science and Technology, did exactly that with his homemade electronic board.


Wearing thick glasses and a simple T-shirt, Lin looks no different to other engineering students. But under his plain appearance lies a true geek heart.


When Lin was little, he loved disassembling things to look at how they work. Even though he often failed at putting them back together, his curiosity was never satisfied and he laid hands on everything, except computers.


“My parents told me not to disassemble computers because they’re expensive, so I researched the software instead, ” says Lin. When he went to university, Lin chose a subject that was related to engineering and programming: automation.


Lin is a typical geek who often spends days in the laboratory inventing new things.


“I have a lot of ideas in my head. My biggest interest is realizing them, ” says Lin. His inventions include a guide robot, an earthquake alarm and an electronic door lock. But his most successful invention is an electronic board he calls “Crazyer”, the one that turns bananas into piano keys.

灵感来自神奇电路板“Makey Makey”

Lin Hai’s Crazyer electronic board was inspired by a similar device built by two PhD students at MIT. Their device is called Makey Makey, which turns everyday objects into touchpads.

林海发明的“酷乐宅”电路板,其灵感来自于麻省理工两名博士研发的“Makey Makey”,这个同“酷乐宅”很像的装置可以将日常物件变成触屏设备。

Having seen a video, Lin was so impressed by the device that he searched for its website in the hope of buying one. It turned out to be a prototype, and Lin would have needed to wait for six months for the real product.

在看过一段介绍视频后,Makey Makey给林海留下了深刻印象,他搜寻官网想要入手一个。结果Makey Makey只是一台样机,林海要等上六个月才能买到真正的产品。

For most people, the story would have ended there. But for Lin, it was about to begin: “Why not make my own Makey Makey?” he thought. So he studied the video and website, trying to figure out how it worked.

对于许多人来说,可能故事到这就没有然后了。但对于林海而言,故事才刚刚开始,他心想:“为何不自己做一个Makey Makey出来呢?”为此他研究了视频以及网站上的内容,试图弄清楚它的工作原理。

“I found that the mechanism Makey Makey is based on was similar to that of the electronic lock I built before. The only difference was that the Makey Makey had an extra wire, ” says Lin. With this vital clue and his automation expertise, it didn’t take long for Lin to understand how Makey Makey worked.

林海说:“我发现Makey Makey的工作原理和我以前发明的一个电子锁很相似。唯一区别就是Makey Makey多了一根线。” 凭借这一重要线索再加上他本身的自动化专业知识,很快林海就弄清了

From watching the video to building an electronic board and writing a program for it, Lin spent an entire month bringing Crazyer to life. His hard work paid off.


With the money he earns from selling Crazyer, Lin can give back to society. “Crazyer can help those who have lost their fingers or limbs, ” says Lin. “With Crazyer, some people can use their feet or arms to use a computer.” Lin has helped many disabled people by building customized Crazyer boards for them.


Another benefit is that the money he earns can support Lin in inventing new things. “I’m thinking of adding new functions to Crazyer. I’m also working on a 3-D printer, ” he says. Lin’s geek spirit is always striving toward new goals.



mechanism ['mekənizəm]
n. 机制;原理,途径;进程;机械装置;技巧

curiosity [,kjuri'ɔsiti]
n. 好奇,好奇心;珍品,古董,古玩

limb [lim]
n. 肢,臂;分支;枝干vt. 切断…的手足;从…上截下树枝

geek [ɡi:k]
n. 做低级滑稽表演的人;反常的人;畸形人;野人

touchpad ['tʌtʃpæd]
n. 触摸屏设备,触摸板

barbed [bɑ:bd]
adj. 有刺的;讽刺的;有倒钩的v. 讽刺(barb的过去分词);装倒钩

biggest [bigist]
adj. 最大的(big的最高级)

prototype ['prəutətaip]
n. 原型;标准,模范

expertise [,ekspə:'ti:z]
n. 专门知识;专门技术;专家的意见

strive [straiv]
vi. 努力;奋斗;抗争