Robotic Plant Ushers in New Age of Unnecessary Robotics

Ty Dunitz January 17 Design

Not content to robotically emulate any and all members of the animal kingdom, humanity has turned to another branch of the Tree of Life for inspiration: that of plants.

Japanese artist Akira Nakayasu has developed plant (no, really, it’s just called ‘plant’), an interactive robotic installation that does little but look beautiful. Then again, what else would a plant-bot do?

The installation is designed to resemble grass blowing in the wind, and reacts to nearby objects – for instance, a human hand. 169 shape memory alloy actuators control 169 artificial leaves, which bend and sway independently, creating a strangely beautiful piece of technology-driven art.

To see plant in motion, you have but to click the video below.

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Written by Ty Dunitz

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