Weird and wonderful Raspberry Pi hacks

Necessity may be the mother of invention, but having a $35 Raspberry Pi computer helps too.

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The beet goes on

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Now, we bring you the absurd.

Scott Garner's Raspberry Pi creation mixes vegetables, music, and wordplay. His BeetBox allows users to play drumbeats by touching real beets. Garner says that his BeetBox was easy to put together thanks to the versatility of the Pi platform. "The biggest challenge was getting [the Pi] to communicate with the capacitive touch sensor," he says. The beets, however, proved less pliable than the Raspberry Pi. "Things got tricky when the vegetables dried out. Their capacitance changed, which threw the sensor off," Garner says.

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