Monday, June 02, 2008

Digital Pot turns your plants into pets

Designed by Junyi Heo, the Digital Pot takes the guesswork out of keeping your plants healthy by expressing on an LCD display exactly how they are feeling and what they need from you. The various icons that can appear on the screen of the pot have corresponding meanings ranging from "normal" and "dissatisfied" to "more water" and "danger". The system works by measuring the soil conditions, temperature, humidity, and water in the pot and calculating the variables to express the plant’s condition in facial symbols.

An interesting inversion on the long sought-after dream of nurturing "bonsai pets" (including these unfortunate -- but thankfully farcical -- kittens).

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