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That’s right, everyone is joining Twitter – even your plants.
Botanicalls forges a new channel of communication between humans and their plants and strives to improve inter-species understanding. When your plant needs water, it will post an update to Twitter letting you know that it is thirsty. It will even tweet a thank you message after you water it. Check out some tweets by a Botanicalls enabled plant @Pothos.
Botanicalls comes in a DIY kit that contains approximately 30 pieces and requires some soldering skills. Don’t stress if you aren’t a tech nerd, there is a step by step assembly guide available online. The ATmega328 microcontroller comes pre-programmed, but you can customize it with your own messages. The only things you need to provide are a plant, a network connection through an ethernet cable, and a power outlet.
Everyone has a friend (maybe it’s you) who is a certified plant killer. I think you know the type; whenever you visit their apartment, there is always a row of brown, ailing plants on the windowsill. Botanicalls is the perfect product for people who are unsure of how to properly care for a plant. You don’t need to research appropriate watering schedules for your botanic baby, you can just follow its tweets.
Botanicalls is a collaborative project created by Kate Hartman, Kati London, and Rob Faludi. It was originally developed while the three were studying at New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.
Are you tech savvy and want to try it out? The Botanicalls Kit is available for purchase on SparkFun for $99.95.