Touch Your Philodendron and Control Your Computer: Technology Turns Any Plant Into an Interactive Device

Any houseplant — real or artificial — could control a computer or any digital device with this technology, called Botanicus Interactus. Once a single wire is placed anywhere in the plant’s soil, the technology can detect if and where a plant is touched, or even if someone gets near the plant.
Disney researchers will demonstrate an interactive garden of real and artificial plants at SIGGRAPH Emerging Technology.
Turning a houseplant into a device for interacting with computers and digital media no longer seems all that strange, contends Ivan Poupyrev, senior research scientist at Disney Research, Pittsburgh.

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