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Here's How to Turn Your Food into an Instrument

Ototo, which was recently acquired by the MoMA's permanent collection, is a tool that lets you create your own instruments from random objects (including food).
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Last year we reported on Ototo, the "all-in-one musical invention kit" from design team Dentaku, the team comprised of Yuri Suzuki and Mark McKeague, who previously gave us a mini-robot-based hand-drawn sound symphony.

Now, through a successful Kickstarter campaign that raised over $110,000, you can grab an Ototo of your very own at the MoMA Store.

You don’t have to be a professional musician, a coder, or a programmer to invent your own instrument using the tiny device. With touch-sensitive keyboard, and sensor inputs that can connect to any conductive object, Ototo unlocks the ability to turn regular objects into electronic sound sculptures. You can literally “play” fruits and vegetables, make plants sing, and create your own aluminum foil keyboard.


“We wanted to created a kit that makes physical computing and interactive projects accessible for everyone. Getting into coding and understanding electronics can be a barrier for creativity, OTOTO allows anyone to build amazing electronic sound projects with minimal knowledge,” writes co-creator Suzuki.

Following its successful, 915-supporter crowdfunding effort, MoMA even acquired the device kit for its permanent collection. See how the tiny tech works below, and click here to grab your own:

Ototo from Yuri Suzuki on Vimeo.

Via Co.Design


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