Botanicus Interacticus: Using plants as multi-touch controllers

Botanicus Interacticus is a technology developed by Disney researchers, that turns a plant into a multitouch controller for manipulating music or visuals.

Disney says:

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.

I’m not really sure if manipulating a flower would really be able to replace my keyboard controller, but I’m sure it would be great for performance art.

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One Response to Botanicus Interacticus: Using plants as multi-touch controllers
  1. L

    aww, no one’s touching the cactus.