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The phrase 'crumpled heap' comes to mind.
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When the moisture in your plant soil
drops below a certain level, the "feed me"
LED starts to blink. Comes with moisture
sensor on wires with varying lengths, requires
a watch battery. Ideal for office environments
where more than one person might be in
charge of feeding a plant.
with waving arms / white flag to
be affixed to the side of a pot are also available.
Tamagochi Version [thanks to centauri]: Affix a little
Tamagotchi-like screen to your flower that tests a
variety of factors (ie moisture, light, nutrients,
ambient music, plant EM radiation?) and
animates a little character appropriately. When
your little character is happy, your plant
is happy. When your character dies, your
plant is soon to follow. Perhaps E.T.
would be an appropriate icon. Or
the Lorax. Or an ewok.
Later versions will allow the characters
of two different plants to fight each
other. The loser gets bleach in his pot.
Maybe the sensor has an IP address, and the
Tamagochi is on your screen, freeing you from
having to actually look at the plant.
Or, a suggestion lifted from the article
Cosma points to below, the plant sends
you email to remind you to feed it.
(?) Wired Urban Forests
"It's about French people installing wiretapping devices inside the trees of Paris," to quote Bruce Sterling [cosma, Apr 04 2000]
(?) bird shaped plant moisture meter
bird shaped plant moisture meter [csea, Oct 17 2006]
||If they made them with ET, I'd kill off the plants myself to watch that annoying little toad die...
||If you're going to hook it up to a sensor, why not just hook the sensor up to a sprinkler?
||bookworm: If I wanted the plant to get water whenever IT wanted instead of whenever I wanted, I would just leave it outside.
||StarChaser: What's so annoying about ET?
May 02 2000, last modified Jul 25 2000|| |
||My mother has had one for many years. It is a little bird with electric prongs sticking through the feet. when the resistance is high due to dry soil (moisture = conductivity) the bird chirps a couple times an hour.