Disney Develops Plant-Controlled Touch Software That Makes Music | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building

05/09/2012 8:08
Wow ! Not really.  Why? I get sick of asking why.  Just because you can doesn’t always mean you should. 
Plant…Computer, Plant …Computer, Not Frankenplant! Not Plantputer! Not Complant! 
This may be very left base, very old-school, very out there, but can’t you do the same thing with a…musical instrument. And you don’t even need to plug it in.

“Singing flowers used to live only in the fanciful realm of cartoons, but like something out of Alice in Wonderland, Disney Research presents “Botanicus Interacticus”, an interactive music game that uses a houseplant as controller. Simply sink a single wire into the soil and the system turns any plant into an interface – users can touch any part of the plant, or be in proximity. Using the same technology found in smartphone and touch-screen monitors, the game can detect where and how the plant is being manipulated, and change the frequency of the sounds it produces.”
Tess Michaels