Japanese researchers are making plants more interactive, using sensors and actuators to make them move them when you’re nearby.
A team of researchers from Keio University in Japan have developed a system to make plants seem more alive. By attaching actuators to them, making them move, they hope to give them a greater presence and encourage interaction.
This plant is moved by pulling cords from two stepping motors. To time the movements, there are two sensors attached to the plants, a microphone and a motion sensor. The movements of the plants are based on what the sensors detect.
The team has come up with a variety of movements to try to convey different emotions. They envision these smart plants moving freely in the home and public buildings, and are planning to make actuators that can handle plants of various types and sizes. Check out the video from DigInfo to get a look at a plant in action: