Imagine eating food customized just for you based on your music preferences. This is exactly the premise behind a student-developed application called BeatBalls. This musical cooking platform translates artists and songs into delicious meatball recipes.
BeatBalls uses a computer algorithm that takes into account a variety of factors including key, tempo, cadence, and duration of the song to manifest a unique combination of ingredients. [Maria], who tipped us off about the project, told us in an email that Beatballs used the echonest API to determine elements of each song.
Anyone can go to the BeatBalls’ website and enter their favorite musician, group, or track into the online meatball generator, which outputs unique components to the screen. A few good suggestions are Meat Loaf, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, and Bassnectar, which produce some delectable results.
Students involved in the project also created a machine to mix, roll, and cook the meatballs automatically. Team member [Samuel] told us that the system has three Arduino controllers that are hooked up to a remote server with an Ethernet shield and WiFi router. A set of servos and a DC motor controls the mechanisms that pushes the meat through and adds spices to the ingredients.
Currently, Beatballs is running a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for the cooking system. Prizes include posters, stickers, t-shirts, cookbooks, and name recognition on the site for those who support the project. Now go onto the website and type in your favorite artists into the generator and see what the machine whips up for you.
13 thoughts on “Tasting Music, With A Side Of Meatballs”
No wow not for hackers. Put this idiocy on reddit.
If you want to taste music then you have to take psychedelic drugs, and wait. Then it may, or may not happen. Putting some music on should help.
Come on, Hackaday. You’re better than this. If you’re just going to repost every idiot thing I see on Reddit or Google Plus, I have no use for you. Filter more, please.
We dont need no stinkin beat balls ! (In italian accent)
“Mmmm! That’s-a spicy beatball!” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48TewJlc6BA
I was going to post something snarky. Then realized this kind of nonsense has become so commonplace, it isn’t even enjoyable to make fun of anymore.
I think I need an Alka Sletzer or some stomach soothing agent. It never heard of Michael Stearns, no not that child molester from Gary Indiana.
What, uh, /kind/ of meat is that?
I have agree.
Why the heck is this treacle even here?
I put in Katy Perry and Justin Beiber and the recipe was dog s**t and cyanide.
So some completely arbitrary association between music and meatball ingredients is a hack? I think we ban this “Maria” person for encouraging HaD to publish this nonsense.
I think if it were some sort of drink mixing machine then it would make a lot more sense?
Meatballs sound just plain terrible IMHO.
Is a vegan an error condition?
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