Electronics, printed circuit board, stainless steel rods, and Arduino-based open-source software
10 x 2 x 1 1/2" (25.4 x 5.1 x 3.8 cm)
Botanicalls gives a voice to our silent everyday companions: house plants. The device, which uses moisture sensors in a plant’s soil to trigger messages sent to its human caretaker over a wireless network, opens up a playful, yet useful, line of communication. The messages are either tweeted or read out by a recorded human voice via telephone, and the plants are polite enough to send both distress calls and notes of thanks. While Botanicalls enables one particular form of inter-species communication, its fresh use of sensor technology could be implemented more broadly.