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Talking to Plants Is Now Possible With This Device

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They still never ask us how we're doing, though

Project Florence is a device created by designer and researcher Helene Steiner and Microsoft, which allows a user to communicate with a plant, typing in a message that is then translated into different frequencies and colors of lights, and then analyzing then analyzing electro chemical signals to come up with a response from the plant. It does seem like a quite a bit of conjecture on the machine's part—we feel like if plants could really talk they would just say "more water," "less water," "more light," etc.—but the science that Steiner uses to figure out the microscopic details of the plants' "moods" are pretty interesting. Now, if only we could figure out a way to get the plants to ask us how we're doing once in a while.

helene steiner uses enhanced digital communications to interact with plants [design boom]