Botanicus Interacticus is a new technology, developed by Disney researchers, for creating expressive interactive plant controllers, both living and artificial. Touches can be translated into control signals for music or visuals.
Here’s what they have to say about the technology:
Botanicus Interacticus an interaction platform that takes interaction from computing devices and places it anywhere in the physical environment. In particular we are targeting living plants.
Botanicus Interacticus has a number of unique properties. This instrumentation of plants is simple, non-invasive, and does not damage the plants. It requires only a single wire placed anywhere in the soil. The interaction with plants goes beyond simple touch and allows rich gestural interaction. Examples include: sliding fingers on the stem of the orchid, detecting touch and grasp location, tracking proximity, and estimating the amount of touch contact between user and a plant.
Botanicus Interacticus also deconstructs the electrical properties of plants and replicates them using electrical components. This allows the design of a broad variety of biologically inspired artificial plants that behave nearly the same as their biological counterparts. The same sensing technology is used with both living and artificial plants.
Plant-based controllers might not be practical for performing traditional music – but it’s easy to imagine them being used for experimental and ambient music projects.
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