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Born out my thesis, Flora Machina, the cyborg plant is the physical manifestation of theories and ideas that examine a landscape connected intimately with sensory technology. The cyborg plant is a living Jade Plant inserted into a clear enclosure that houses several sensors, a processor and speakers. Once connected to a computer, the sensors feed information from the plant and the environment and are transcribed into an audio expression. The most important sensor of the cyborg plant is the bio-electric sensor that collects the small voltage changes inside the plant. This signal represents internal communications between parts of the plant and report changes in the the plants physiology and environment. The sounds emitted from the cyborg plant allow people to perceive the internal activity of the plant, something we are not able to perceive easily. The goal of the cyborg plant project is to empower flora and adapt them to the a highly anthropomorphic landscape. The up most care was taken to avoid giving the plant human like qualities. This represents the latest iteration of the cyborg plant. I hope to have the cyborg plant adapted to work independent of a laptop and in an outdoors environment.
Date_ May, 2014
The cyborg plant was debuted at my thesis defense and was providing a live feed of data and sound for the audience.
copyright Michael Lucenkiw 2014