MAKE: Blog: HOW TO – Make plants talk! They’ll Twitter you when they need to be watered (and more)…

MAKE: Blog: HOW TO – Make plants talk! They’ll Twitter you when they need to be watered (and more)…

I found this article linked from slashdot this morning. It’s kind of a neat little gadget.

The concept of twitter, or microblogging in general, was kind of lost on me. Someone once described it as providing the answer to “how’s it going?” to anyone that subscribes to your twitter feed. I didn’t really understand why someone would subscribe to this stuff because I try not to ask this question if I can avoid it. Partially because I don’t really care about the answer most of the time (and if I do care, I’ll ask for more in depth details than a one-liner) and partially because the answer tends to be a fib most of the time.

Typical Conversation
Me: “How’s it goin?”
You: “Not too bad.”
Me: “Cool.”

These guys though may have found a better use for the platform. I can’t really ask a plant how it’s doing — the conversation tends to go nowhere. Adding this translation layer in between might actually be helpful.

Before
Me: “How’s it goin?”
Fern: “…”
Me: “Fine, be that way. I was gonna offer you something to drink but nooooo… your leafy green stoicism will just have to wait.”
Fern: “…”
Me: “I hope you die.”

Now
Fern: “Heyo! Can I haz water?”
Me: “Yeah sure.”
Fern: “Huzzah!!”

Of course, some people on the internet are bound to take the idea to strange places.

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One thought on “MAKE: Blog: HOW TO – Make plants talk! They’ll Twitter you when they need to be watered (and more)…

  1. That is mega awesome. I wish mine would do that. They are thirsty a lot, but less vocal than my cats. Therefore, my cats get cursed at and fed at 2am, and my plants…don’t.k.

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