Touch Houseplants to Change Your TV Channel Soon: Researchers

by Rukmani Krishna on  August 13, 2012 at 11:59 PM Lifestyle News   - G J E 4
An emerging technology that lets users control electronic devices by touching their plants in different ways has been unveiled by scientists.
 Touch Houseplants to Change Your TV Channel Soon: Researchers
Touch Houseplants to Change Your TV Channel Soon: Researchers

Dubbed "Botanicus Interacticus", the system is the brainchild of a group of digital media experts led by Ivan Poupyrev, a senior research scientist at Disney Research in Pittsburgh, Discovery News reported.

Poupyrev and his colleagues were seeking new ways to interact with plants, and even give them a voice.

Botanicus Interacticus isn't a regular touchscreen interface, though. An electrode connected to a special wire is placed in the soil and runs along the plant.

This allows precise gestures to be detected and then mapped on a computer.

According to the researchers, this won't harm the plant, especially not a fake one.

The setup comes from technology created at Disney Research that can detect touch and gestures with any conductive material, according to research producer Jason Hintz Llopis.

The wire running along the plant uses a technique called Swept Frequency Capacitive Sensing so the plant can recognize more complex gestures like hand sliding and varying amounts of pressure.

The system was unveiled at the SIGGRAPH conference in Los Angeles this week.

Source: ANI

Post your Comments

Comments should be on the topic and should not be abusive. The editorial team reserves the right to review and moderate the comments posted on the site.
User Avatar
* Your comment can be maximum of 2500 characters
Notify me when reply is posted I agree to the terms and conditions

You May Also Like

View All