A Swiss company is hoping to enable conversations between people and their garden

For those who don't happen to be natural green thumbs, a new technology might take the guess work out of providing the best conditions for your plants to thrive in. Swiss company Vivent SARL has developed a device called Phytl Signs that picks up tiny electrical signals emitted by plants and broadcasts them through a speaker. The goal of the device is to, with enough data, determine what plants are “saying.”

The system has two receptors, a stake that is inserted into the soil next to the plant, and a clip that connects to a leaf. The two receptors measure the voltage coming from the plant which is fed into a signal processor. A smartphone app can receive the raw data from a plant which then can be analyzed by data analysis software.

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