Botanicus Interacticus

Based on the sophisticated Touché sensing technology Botanicus Interacticus creates a magical experience through the non-invasive instrumentation of living plants. Aurora like particles are emitted around different plants, triggered and transformed by gestures and proximity between the human and the living organism. A range of plants such as a bamboo, an orchid, a snake plant and a custom build artificial one were explored, where each plant presented its unique interactive, visual and auditive character.

With its unique properties the instrumentation of the plants is simple, non-invasive, and does not damage them. It requires only a single wire placed anywhere in the plant soil.

Botanicus Interacticus enables us to use gestures as sliding the fingers on the stem of the orchid, detecting touch and grasp locations of a bamboo, tracking proximity between a human and a plant, and estimating the amount of touch contact leading to a rich amount of interaction possibilities.

 

Orchid

Orchid

Bamboo

Bamboo

Orchid

Orchid

Orchid

Orchid

Touché Sensor

Touché Sensor

Artificial Plant

Artificial Plant

Orchid

Orchid

Botanicus Interacticus was exhibited at the Siggraph 2012 Emerging Technology Exhibition for the first time. Its technology can be used to design highly interactive responsive environments based on plants, developing new forms of organic, living interaction devices as well as creating organic ambient and pervasive interfaces.

Botanicus Interacticus At Siggraph 2012


Botanicus Interacticus at Siggraph 2012 from Studio NAND


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Botanicus Interacticus explores new modes of interaction between humans and living plants by instrumenting them with rich touch and gesture sensitivity.

Botanicus Interacticus
Botanicus Interacticus

Created by Ivan Poupyrev / Disney Research, Studio NAND, TheGreenEyl, Phillip Schößler, Christian Riekoff
Thanks to Eric Brockmeyer & Munehiko Sato