Playtronica’s MIDI Turns Vegetables Into Instruments

Berlin-based creative studio Playtronica unveils its newest innovation, a MIDI device that turns “organic materials and mostly anything that has water inside” into instruments. That means tapping onto the skins of fruits, vegetables and even body parts will produce different notes and samples can be swapped in for the standard sounds, too. The kit can be used with up to 16 objects (attached using included …

Digital Greenhouse’s “Vegetable Symphony”

A touch-activated digital greenhouse in Tokyo is more than visually stunning because of its psychedelic lights. This magical place is home to a “vegetable orchestra,” by studio PARTY. The garden contains seven types of vegetables, each of which, when touched by visitors, trigger different sounds and visuals. Sound artist Ray Kunimoto says, “Tomatoes are violin, carrots are trumpet, cabbages are oboe, mini radishes are flute, …

Vegetable By-Products Turned Into Waffles and Syrup

Food designer Chloé Rutzerveld’s proposed a new way to confront our global vegetable waste problem (where by-products are tossed rather than used). No, it’s not a soup. Rutzerveld has developed a recipe for sweet waffles derived from carrot, beetroot, or celeriac. She’s also created a syrup from the juices of those vegetables—through a water reduction process. Thus, these are entirely plant-based waffles (vegan and additive …