One of the many creations of Kate Hartman, Botanicalls provides a digital pathway of communication from plants to humans.
Just a few months ago we brought you a story about a little device that helps those with less than a green thumb keep their plants happy, healthy and well watered. Botanicalls is the creation of Kate Hartman, Kati London and Rob Faludi. This past week I had the chance to see Kate Hartman speak about the project at the second annual Eyeo festival in Minneapolis. A designer with a diverse set of talents spanning electronics and wearable tech, Kate's projects are whimsical and about connecting with others, your plants and sometimes your own thoughts.
A DIY kit that is simple to construct, Botanicalls was originally designed to call you when your plant needed watering but over time was upgraded to tweeting. Your plant essentially has its own Twitter account and status updates let you know when it's in need of watering. Although I think I might prefer a call or text as it would feel like a more direct connection to me, giving plants the ability to tweet is an interesting way of providing them with a voice within the human world.
The Botanicalls kit is available through Sparkfun here.
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