Texas native Scott Garner turned some vegetables into an instrument. That's right, in this delightful video you'll see a "BeetBox" making beautiful music. As you've probably guessed, it's a play on the term beatbox and real beets have an integral role in this DIY creation. What would Dwight Schrute think?
Garner's goal was to explore "perspective and expectations" with BeetBox. All the gadgetry that makes the instrument work is hidden inside the box and it requires no practice at all to become a BeetBox expert.
Here's how it works:
Inside the cabinet is a Raspberry Pi Model B computer hooked up to an MPR121 capacitive touch sensor. A Python script detects any touches on the beets, and plays drum samples using the pygame gaming module system. The sounds produced are fed to an LM386-based amp and on to a speaker located behind the holes in the wood.
BeetBox isn't going to be sold commercially, but you can check out the source code on GitHub.