DIY Raspberry Pi: BeetBox Musical Instrument
Project: BeetBox musical instrument
By: Scott Garner, 33
1 x Pi, 6 x beetroots
1 x piece of hardwood
1 x capacitive touch sensor
1 x amplifier
1 x speaker
How do you turn six root vegetables into a drum kit?
Speak to American artist and NYU Masters student Scott Garner, who's brilliant but bonkers device involves linking a Pi to a touch sensor to determine when one of six beetroots is being tapped by a user.
The Pi monitors when a beetroot has been touched, triggering a pre-recorded drum beat which is outputted to the device's speaker.
"At first I thought it was a silly project," says Garner, "but I was delighted and surprised when people kept coming to play on it."
Cue a gleeful cacophony of rock 'n' roll rhythms.
Beatles riffs work well, though high-tempo drum 'n' bass fans might find the Pi's timelag a deal breaker.