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Submission + - Disney Uses Plants to Make Music (

SchrodingerZ writes: "Designers of Disney Research in Pittsburgh Pa, have turned the average household plant into a musical device and remote control. Called the Botanicus Interacticus project, this new program can turn any household plant into touch-sensitive computer system. "The system is built upon capacitive touch sensing — the principle used on touchscreens in smartphones and tablets — but instead of sensing electrical signals at a single frequency, it monitors capacitive signals across a broad range of frequencies. It’s called Swept Frequency Capacitive Sensing." This works by putting a pulsating electrode into the soil around a plant, which excites the plant, making any touch to the parts of the plant a repayable signal. The signal could be translated to do or mean anything . This could mean soon swatting at your household plant could change the television channel or turn up the volume."

Machines certainly can solve problems, store information, correlate, and play games -- but not with pleasure. -- Leo Rosten