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article imageVideo: Beet box becomes an actual 'beatbox'

By Can Tran     Dec 21, 2012 in Technology
With the right equipment and programming, you can turn a box of beets into an actual "beatbox." Thus, you can play with vegetables before you have to consume them.
Advancements in technology have made it possible for people to create many interesting things in the world. One would think that anything considered to be low-tech ends up being obsolete. However, low-tech is far from being obsolete for the most part. In fact, advancements in technology tends to add a bit of “sweet and spice” to all things low-tech. With low-tech things combined with modern technology, you can make anything to bring forth any form of entertainment. This includes a box of beats which has become an actual “beatbox.”
A beatbox is an instrument where percussion-like sounds are made. Humans are able to do the same thing; as a result, these people are known as “human beatboxes.” When it comes to hip-hop when extended to “freestyling,” human beatboxers are instrumental to creating the beats let alone the pace and tempo.
This beet box turned beatbox is the creation of Scott Garner. It was made possible using a small credit-card sized computer called the “Raspberry Pi.” It is made by a charity called the Raspberry Pi Foundation. The Raspberry Pi is a very small computer that is the size of a credit card. This is perhaps the most important component when making this instrument happen. Asides from the box to hold in the beets, other parts are a capacitive-touch sensor and an audio amplifier. However, this isn't just comprised of organic and electronic hardware. There is programming involved as well to make this instrument happen.
The drawback is that you need to buy new beets as the previous ones will decay over time. According to Garner, this was mainly a course project and not a project to sell. In this respect, you can make the same thing or something similar. With this instrument, you can play with your food before you have to eat it.
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