I read about this DIY project a while ago which will apparently allow your plant to Twitter and tell you when it needs to be watered. It utilizes a system call Botanicalls in which a plant can be rigged up to call for “help” when it needs water or other condition changes. Now this is kind of an awesome idea, especially for someone like me who is busy and has multiple plants. Often I forget which ones need to be watered and when. However, the Botanicalls mission statement takes a sharp turn for the creepy in their “about” section.
An excerpt if I may
Botanicalls was developed to provide a new way for plants and people to communicate in order to develop better, longer-lasting relationships between them. Instead of using an automatic watering system or developing methods for plants to text or email people, the Botanicalls team has created the means for a more personal relationship. Each plant has a unique voice based on its botanical characteristics, and each has the ability to tell people when they are in need of assistance. They’re also polite: they make sure to call and say thank you when they get a good watering.
Longer-lasting relationships?! I dont know, but to me thats taking a green thumb a bit too far. But hey, who am I to knock a plant or tree hugger/lover?
Here are directions to rig up your plant to the Botanicalls Twitter system if you feel that a phone call from your plant is a bit too personal.
While its overall a really cool idea, I feel its a bit creepy looking for my home.
I just get an Akira vibe going from this plant….