/* ---- Google Analytics Code Below */

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Plants as Sensors and Cyborgs

Have been a long time amateur botanist.    So much like the direction suggested here. Designing alerting and circuits inside plants.   Could a field of corn alert the farmer when it is ready to harvest?  Or was being attacked by weeds?   Trees are being attacked by pests in my backyard, could they alert me to  the need for action?   Bring on the idea, ready to test.

Plants Are Oldest Sensors in the World. Could They Be the Future of Computers? 
Fast Company
By Katharine Schwab

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Harpreet Sareen suggests plants as a new building material for computer circuits. Based on previous work using leaves as motion detectors and signal transmitters, Sareen's Phytoactuators project enables computers to send electronic signals back to plants, transforming them into alert systems. "Our vision is to have this layer of digital interaction within the plants themselves so we can not only sense signals through them, but also connect our digital responses with the plant's responses," said Sareen, who envisions such systems as tools for "soft notifications," like the arrival of package deliveries triggering signals, to instruct houseplants to retract their leaves. The more advanced Planta Digitalis project has embedded a conductive wire into a plant stem, linked to a computer and functioning as a sensor, as a first step toward designing circuits inside plants. ... "

The MIT Media Lab work this is referencing:
Cyborg Botany: Augmented plants as sensors, displays, and actuators   By Harpreet Sareen 

No comments: