Saturday, December 10

The houseplant that controls a machete | Digital Trends Spanish

A crazy idea, but very useful to demonstrate the electrical impulses of the floors did the artist and researcher David Bowen, as he placed tiny markings on sensors within his nerves to drive a robotic arm that controls a machete. That way, during the day, the plant moves the weapon in unusual ways.

As Bowen explains about the operation of the system in his Web page:

“The system uses an open source microcontroller connected to the plant to read variable resistance signals in the plant’s leaves. Using custom software, these signals are mapped in real time to the movements of the joints of the industrial robot holding a machete. Essentially, the plant is the brain of the robot that controls the machete and determines how it swings, strikes, cuts and interacts in space.”

But that’s not all, as Bowen tells in the page which is also connecting to a plant to pilot a drone.

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