Arduino powered singing table

This musical Lazy Susan, or “Crazy Adam” was brought to us by students from MIT.  It basically plays [Soul II Soul]‘s “Back to Life”  as it turns.  In their words: “Through the interaction with the Singing Lazy Susan, we found the eating patterns and behaviors unique to each person, which reflect our personalities and interests. The dining experience expands to a new domain.”  Are we the only ones who think this is silly? Not only is an Arduino overkill for this, how does this help reflect our personalities and interests? We know, someone will say that art doesn’t need to make sense, but  this would just get annoying really fast. Good job coming up with an idea and making it happen. Please don’t bring that to our next office party. It is also worth noting that musical Lazy Susans aren’t exactly a new idea.


  1. The Moogle says:

    just add a Ethernet shield and make it twitter when you rotate your food lol

  2. Steve says:

    I’d have been more impressed if you could scratch-mix an MP3 with it like a turntable.. :-)

  3. Trey says:

    I’m sorry, but this definitely doesn’t deserve the MIT tag. I could have easily built this in high school…

  4. chicosoft says:

    You dont need an arduino to do this…

  5. Skitchin says:

    Reminds me of when they spin the wheel on The Price Is Right.

    Seriously though, I’d rather starve than endure that awful noise during my meal. Not to mention I’d kick the person who kept spinning the table. As satisfying as the 140db alarm clock.

    Might have more appeal if instead, rotating the table triggered random sound files such as “The cow says MOO”, pure gold there.

  6. Andrew says:

    I’m so tired of arduino. I want real solutions. Give me real EE.

  7. strider_mt2k says:

    Whaaambulance on the way.

  8. James says:

    Dear god, WHAT?! It wasn’t even the right notes!

  9. TheKhakinator says:

    The best bit of this was that you guys totally dissed them and it was awesome. (Y)

  10. drrd says:

    Wow… MIT… Really… Grad students?

  11. Agent420 says:

    Would have been better if it was a drinking game.

  12. Caleb Kraft says:

    its not uncommon. I’m just being a little less subtle.

  13. Bigbrother says:

    Oh look. THIS thread again

  14. walt says:

    so, Caleb admits that this sucks, and yet he posts it. thanks man.

  15. captain says:

    At least they chose SoulIISoul’s “Back to Reality”. At least somebody still has some cool left in them.

  16. tMH says:

    Bottom of the class I hope. Not only is it not a very good idea, but the implementation of it is absolutely pathetic.

  17. Concino says:

    This can be done with a simple cheap kids piano toy and some contacts and some soldering. Yeah lets power it with arduino. Overkill… :) FAIL!

  18. Ben Ryves says:

    @captain: It could have been Smoke on the Water and wouldn’t have sounded any different. :-P

  19. vonskippy says:

    You know it’s MIT stuff when it’s a yawner of an idea, simple to implement, and wrapped in a pretentious wrapper of high brow bullshit. Sad when even the top uni’s have to lower their standards so much in order to let even some of the “let no moron behind” publicly educated dolts get in.

  20. therian says:

    Reading MIT tag and seeing video I almost lose all hope in humanity, but then I spot “three people from MIT Media Lab” which translate to -> 3 wasted art majors from art club in basement.

  21. coldwar23 says:

    I really like the pseudo-intellectual bullshit they had to tag on to get a govt grant to do this. I guess this counts as social engineering hacking ;P

    On the other hand they are losers for not being able to explain themselves without polysyllabic bullshit. I think maybe it’s time for me to harass these chimps and their entire department heads until someone else pulls the plug on these bullshit artists.
    /jus sayin…

  22. Blizzarddemon says:

    MIT….MI fucking T?!

    Bring me back to them robots…this is !@#$…it’s not even 16bit midi for crap sake….

  23. my grandmother always says
    if you can’t say anything nice, then don’t say anything at all.

    seriously, this shouldn’t have the MIT moniker anywhere near it.

    as a Cambridge native, I’ve seen more creative hacks from the burn out street musicians hanging around Harvard Square.

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