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The BeetBox makes music with actual beets

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beetbox FLICK
beetbox FLICK

We've seen a banana piano and a beer can keyboard, but what about beatboxing with an actual box of beets? For his final project in a technology crafting course, student Scott Garner has created a way to do just that. The cheekily dubbed BeetBox is powered by a Raspberry Pi, and uses an audio amplifier to play drum sounds based on input from a capacitive touch sensor. Put simply, touch beets, get beats. The whole system is encased in a simplistic, handmade wooden enclosure, which gives the BeetBox a clean, sophisticated look uncommon in many homebrew Raspberry Pi hacks. You can check out the cleverly designed instrument in action below.