Have you ever had an empty pizza box and thought “I really wish I could somehow use this to make music”? Perhaps not, but in case you have, the UK arm of Pizza Hut teamed up with grime artist P Money and Rinse FM to design a playable pizza box turntable. Using conductive inks printed into a bespoke circuit board, they connect to DJ software on laptops and mobile devices to allow pizza lovers to create their own jams. From News Atlas:
“The printed circuitry, worked up with electronics firm Novalia, is modelled on a modern DJ setup, with two turntables, a crossfader, pitch controls, cue buttons and the ability to sync music. The system is able to recognize taps, long presses and swipes of the finger”.
It sounds pretty easy to use. The electronics are powered by a battery that comes with the pizza box. To set up, all the user has to do is power up the device, use the MIDI function to assign the controls to a corresponding control in their chosen software, and connect their laptop or mobile device via Bluetooth. Pizza Hut assures that the pizza box turntable will be compatible with a variety of software.
“Once their kit is configured, users can then select a track for each deck using their chosen software and mix between the two using the various controls. An additional scratch function is used by moving a hand across one of the virtual turntables”.
Check out the demonstration video: