Plants have always been considered the non-spoken and non-verbal living beings. The living being that cannot speak of their hunger, thirst, pain and happiness. This sometimes makes us so forgetful of their existence but trust me you can’t afford to make that excuse anymore. This is the time when plants can speak for their right, if not for all then atleast when they are thirst and need water. Yes, a system has been mechanised with the help of which, plants can easily tweet and tell you of their status.
So if you are a Twitter-user and are working with the Botanicalls DIY kit, then your plants that are synced with the system can easily notify you when they need refreshment. Whenever their soil goes dry enough, they will immediately forewarn you of their thirst. Via this system, these plants even thank you by tweeting their thanks. The Botanicalls DIY kit contains about 30 pieces which you can arrange with the help of a manual. It requires a power outlet and a network connection to run the mechanism with easy access to an Ethernet cable for the ATmega328 microcontroller to broadcast your plant’s needs.
Once the kit has been build according to the instructions, you have to place the two metal prongs of the leaf-shaped device into the plant’s soil after which the plant can tweet for itself. You must insert the chip atleast three inches into the soil. Although the chips have been pre-programmed, you can even change the message and personalise the whole tweeting process. Botanicalls DIY can inform you about the soil moisture level.
Have a look at Twitter @Pothos for what some of these plants at Botanicalls is posting. Just for your information, Botanicalls was developed by Rob Faludi, Kate Hartman, and Kati London as graduate students at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program in 2006 as “a new channel of communication between plants and humans.” You can order this kit for just $99.95.