(Credit: Scott Garner)
If you don't want to eat your broccoli, would you rather play music with it?
Okay, so it's not broccoli. We fibbed. It's beets. Get it? No, but it really is beets.
The Beetbox was conceived by Scott Garner, and it uses beet vegetables (beetroot) as the touch controls for an electronic drum kit. Powered by Raspberry Pi and using an MPR121 Capacitive Touch Sensor, it works in a similar fashion to the , conducting the electricity from your touch through to the processor.
The sound is then sent out through a speaker concealed in the hand-made wooden amplifier box.
Garner said on the project website:
BeetBox is primarily an exploration of perspective and expectations. I'm particularly interested in creating complex technical interactions in which the technology is invisible — both in the sense that the interaction is extremely simple, and in the literal sense that no electronic components can be seen.
And the best part? You can still eat the vegies. See it in action below.