File this one under, “Why? Because I can.” Our friends at Evolver.fm point to this video from artist/technologist Scott Garner, who just made the punniest drum machine ever: the BeetBox. The BeetBox, of course, is an instrument that allows you to trigger percussion sounds by tapping real-live beets.
Garner created the device using some vegetables, a wooden box, and a bare-bones, customizable computer called a Raspberry Pi. And as Evolver points out, the BeetBox’s code is open source, the nerds among us can try their hands at hacking together their own.
“BeetBox is primarily an exploration of perspective and expectations,” Garner writes on his site. “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.”