12/19/2012

A Musical Instrument Powered By Vegetables


'BeetBox' an invention by Scott Garner, is an instrument that allows users to play drum beats by interacting with vegetables.  It is powered by raspberry Pi with a capacitive touch sensor and an audio amplifier in a handmade wooden enclosure.  To Scott Garner, BeetBox is primarily an exploration of perspective and expectations.  He is 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.



The tactile engagement communicates with a script that watches for new movements and triggers drum samples.  Audio from the line out is then run through a small amplifier connected to a salvaged speaker mounted under the holes in the lid.