Rhythmo’s BeatBox is a cardboard drum machine

BeatBox is a DIY drum machine created by Rhythmo, an Austin-based startup founded by developer Ethan Jin. He first drew up the idea for this inexpensive cardboard unit in 2017, and is planning to launch the product on Kickstarter next month.

What’s unique about BeatBox is its DIY format. While its specs have not been confirmed, it looks as if you’ll have to assemble the drum machine from scratch. The device’s components include a cardboard enclosure, 16 arcade-style buttons, an X/Y joystick, four parameter knobs, eight controller buttons and two built-in speakers.

According to Rhythmo, it should take you approximately an hour to put Beatbox together. The brand adds that while the assembly process is intended to be fun, it also helps teach practical STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) concepts.

BeatBox will come with an iOS and Android-compatible app that Rhythmo says will aid in both practicing and recording beats. The startup also claims that this app is likely to be compatible with production software such as GarageBand, Ableton and Fruity Loops.

Here’s a snippet of BeatBox’s sounds:

BeatBox’s retail price is reportedly $150. It will launch on Kickstarter on 3 September. Sign up for more updates here.

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