Hacking House Plants To Make Music When They’re Touched


All of our gadgets are glass, metal, and plastic. Wouldn’t it be nicer to interact with a computing device that was alive and real?

After watching this video we went to see a talk by Ivan Poupyrev, former head of Disney Research, at Maker Faire in NYC.

When we got back, we whipped up four touch-sensitive plants that can be played like musical instruments. Real plants. Ones that need water and the sun for food and grow out of the dirt from little seeds. Our goal was to someday have people say things like “I’m mellow, I play the bamboo.” Or, “I am hardcore so I play the cactus.”


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