Robot planter moves toward the sun

Oct 22, 2008 by Lisa Zyga weblog
Plantbot, designed by The Play Coalition, detects sunlight and moves across the floor for maximum exposure. CLICK IMAGE LINK BELOW FOR ANIMATED VERSION. Image credit: The Play Coalition.

(PhysOrg.com) -- Designers from The Play Coalition have developed a robotic planter for the home that moves toward the sunlight as the sun moves across the floor.

The chair-like robot has robotic wooden legs, giving the robot a natural look well-suited for a plant carrier. The robot can detect sunlight levels in the room, and when it finds the brightest spot it walks toward the light to provide the greatest sun exposure for the plant.

The Play Coalition describes the Plantbot as a "solar seeking botanical augmentation."

There is no mention of commercialization, but more information can be found at The Play Coalition.

via: CrunchGear

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EdP
1.4 / 5 (9) Oct 22, 2008
This is a waste of money and technology.
Just leave the plant in front of the window before leaving for work.
barakn
3.4 / 5 (5) Oct 22, 2008
Does it respond to requests to move away from the tv?
deepsand
1.8 / 5 (4) Oct 22, 2008
This is a waste of money and technology.
Just leave the plant in front of the window before leaving for work.

Does the Sun maintain a fixed position whilst you are away?

If so, can you teach the rest of us how to secure the same?
Truth
3.5 / 5 (2) Oct 22, 2008
Looks like my dog after I've given him some Budweiser....!
Bob_Kob
4.5 / 5 (2) Oct 23, 2008
...Plants do this naturally
legendsaber
2 / 5 (2) Oct 23, 2008
Oh, sure, it locates sunlight. But can it tell us why kids love cinnamon toast crunch?
tigger
1 / 5 (1) Oct 23, 2008
Ha ha... I love it... I have to move my indoor plants all day to catch the sun. Leaving them in front of the window is not enough, the angle changes too much... though I could probably rig up a few mirrors instead of this robot... but it's pretty cool.
CreepyD
2 / 5 (2) Oct 23, 2008
Cool but pointless in the grand scheme of things. Then again, most gadgets are yet we still want them.
bhiestand
3 / 5 (1) Oct 23, 2008
To begin with, when I read this title I first imagined a self-replicating robot that planted robots. Then I corrected myself and determined that they must be talking about a solar-powered seed planter. I suppose "Robot planter" sounds better than "Battery-powered pot".

From the pictures on the company's website http://www.thepla...age2.jpg it appears to be battery-powered. I don't see any hidden solar cells or lengthy electrical cords. Seems like a waste to me.
ALMUTHANA
5 / 5 (1) Oct 24, 2008
A WASTE OF MONEY
EdP
5 / 5 (1) Oct 30, 2008
This is a waste of money and technology.
Just leave the plant in front of the window before leaving for work.

Does the Sun maintain a fixed position whilst you are away?

If so, can you teach the rest of us how to secure the same?
This is a waste of money and technology.
Just leave the plant in front of the window before leaving for work.

Does the Sun maintain a fixed position whilst you are away?

If so, can you teach the rest of us how to secure the same?


Sure, I can teach you. Leave your plant AT the window. Got it?