Visualizing Hidden Processes With a Blogging Plant

Visualizing Hidden Processes With a Blogging Plant
Dan Gould
  • 24 october 2008

Midori-san (which means green) is a blogging plant. Yes, you read that correctly – a blogging plant.

Green is of the sweetheart variety and lives at a cafe in Japan. Sensors on the surface of the plant’s leaves measure subtle electric signals which can change in reaction to light and human touch. Other factors such as weather and temperature are also measured and recorded. This data is then translated into words as very simple blog entries such as “Today was a sunny day and I was able to sunbathe a lot… I had quite a bit of fun today”. Satoshi Kuribayashi, a researcher behind the project believes that plants are actually even more sensitive than humans to stimuli like light. Although this experiment could be written off as a gimmick, it’s actually a interesting way to visualize subtle invisible processes.

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