【机器人植物底座:让盆栽随时“晒太阳”】

【机器人植物底座:让盆栽随时“晒太阳”】MIT的学生发明了一款机器人植物底座Elowan,将传感器连接在植物的茎以及周围地面上,微弱的信号被放大后,载着盆栽的机器人Elowan可以朝着阳光的方向移动,从而帮助室内植物茁壮生长。它实质上是通过技术放大了植物将叶子移向阳光的自然过程,这种“增强植物”希望传达的观念是:技术的进化需从以人为中心转变为以自然为中心。

The houseplant that can keep itself alive: Elowan the 'cyborg' plant can roll towards the light

  • Sensors in the plants stem and  surrounding ground monitor the plant
  • They amplify the plant's natural attempt to move leaves towards light
  • This drives a robotic base that moves the plant 

If you struggle to keep houseplants alive, a cyborg plant could be the answer.

Students at MIT have revealed Elowan, which they describe as a 'cybernetic lifeform'.

It is able to automatically roll itself towards nearby light, making sure it gets enough to survive.

Elowan, described by the MIT researchers behind it as a 'cybernetic lifeform' is able to automatically roll itself towards nearby light, making sure it gets enough to survive

HOW DOES THE CYBORG PLANT WORK?

Electrodes are inserted into stems and ground.

The weak signals are then amplified and sent to the robot, making it move in respective directions.

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According to Elowan's creator, Sareen Harpreet, humans may not be the only cyborgs in the future.

He says 'Cyborg Botany' could be the future, with plants fitted with technology to help them thrive.

'As humans, we rely on technological augmentations to tune our fitness to the environment,' Harpreet writes on his website.

'However, the acceleration of evolution through technology needs to move from a human centric to a holistic nature-centric view.

I created Elowan as an attempt to provoke thought as to what augmented plants would mean.'

Elowan was fitted with electrodes in the stem and ground.

'The weak signals are then amplified and sent to the robot, making it move in respective directions,' the project's website say.

'Using its own internal electrical signals, the plant is interfaced with a robotic extension that drives it toward light.'

原文链接:https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6460925/The-houseplant-alive-Elowan-cyborg-plant-roll-light.html


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