Turning living plants into multitouch interfaces


31 Responses to “Turning living plants into multitouch interfaces”

  1. sam1148 says:

    Looks like a great way to kill a orchid. 

  2. Jess Jacobs says:

    you have to be kidding me! this is AMAZING.

  3. Antinous / Moderator says:

    No, Ma’am.  The orchid is an upgrade.  Let me show you our base model.

  4. austinhamman says:

    hook it up to a field of grass…i know where you are…

  5. Nadreck says:

    The Zygons, from Classic Dr. Who, had a similar interface technology except that in their case they would stroke tentacle suckers instead of orchid stems.

  6. chellberty says:

    with some interfaces all you have to do is look at it, just look at it.

  7. vonbobo says:

    but is it possible to have sex with it?

  8. ahecht says:

    I love the bit in the middle with the cactus

  9. PeterCantropus says:

    Disney? Seriously? I remember having seen (and used) this kind of interface like 10 years ago in the technology museum in Karlsruhe, Germany. 

    • sam1148 says:

       I remember a desk lamp from the 70′s that had a potted plant on base. You touched the leaves of the plant to turn it on and off.

  10. Scott Finkeldei says:

    It’s like this thing: http://www.makeymakey.com

  11. Kimmo says:

    I’m having a hard time thinking of potential applications that aren’t just completely silly… an unusual doorbell, maybe?

    I guess you’d need a sign: Please fondle the plant.

    • Bottle Imp says:

      For a company like Disney with large theme parks, I could imagine people walking though a garden space, but to get to the next section you have to push aside a wall of greenery. The degree of contact with the greenery and the size of the hole in the wall of hanging vines (or whatever) that you create forms and shapes the musical cue that ushers you into the next section of the garden. Of course, that’s not a use we’d see much of in our day to day lives, but it could still be used to neat effect.
      You could also rig it as an unobtrusive alarm system. If a significantly large individual (read bigger than a cat) climbs over your ivy covered wall, the cameras trigger. Of course, you could do the same with motion sensors.

    • tré says:

       Farmers could easily use this technology to measure and map the growth patterns of their plants, for one hugely important thing.

  12. Wow. I wonder if you could adapt these ideas to make a computer screen that knows where you are touching it, or an elevator button that doesn’t actually move when it’s pressed!

  13. poagao says:

    You don’t know how to use the three seashells?

  14. Google ‘mileece’ she’s been doing this as an interactive installation for 5 years now in a room filled with ACTUAL plants that are using biofeedback instead of soil conductivity and FAKE plants. 


  15. Aaron Swain says:

    That’s it. I’m subscribing to the Disney Research channel.

  16. robdobbs says:

    I would like to see this tech used to make a plant based security system for my home computer. Touch the right leaves in the right order to get in. Or the door to the bat cave. Or it could be the lock on a key-box stashed in the yard. Imagine having to touch a plant on the back of the toilet to flush it. And if it was one of these plants, your guests would make the connection pretty quick:  http://youtu.be/LhcmneT0InM

    • Eduardo Tabacman says:

      “I would like to see this tech used to make a plant based security system for my home computer. Touch the right leaves in the right order to get in. ”

      And after Fall you have to wipe out the hard disk and reinstall from scratch…

  17. April says:

    Here is what I think this application is intended for. Disney is planning on building a huge new expansion to it’s Animal Kingdom park in Orlando based on the Avatar movie(s). Wouldn’t it be a perfect use of this technology to have your touch of plants/trees cause near by ‘bio-luminescence” of alien plants, or set off music/sounds as part of the experience of walking through an imagineered forest of Pandora?

  18. I just planted you, and this is crazy, but here’s an electrode, touch you maybe?

  19. merryjuan says:

     This is the origin Squat , 1966  at MoMA

  20. merryjuan says:

    The Machine    

  21. 7LeagueBoots says:

    Plug the plant in and fondle it until it dies.

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