With a big dog busy wearing the santa sled, is the terrible robot babe left to haunt our dreams? How about Elowan!
Elowan is a project by MIT Media Lab and it's really a mobile houseplant. The plant sends signals to a rolling roll that scrolls back and forth to find light. Created by Harpreet Sareen, the robot detects changes in the electrochemical reactions of the plant to tell when it is thirsty for light or even when it is hung in the wrong way.
Elowan is an attempt to demonstrate what enhancement of nature can mean. Elowan's robot base is a new symbiotic connection to a plant. The movement agency rests on the plant based on its own bioelectrochemical signals, the language is associated with the artificial world.
These trigger physiological variations such as prolonged growth, respiration and moisture absorption. In this experimental setup, electrodes are inserted into the interesting areas (stems and the ground, the leaf and the ground). The weak signals are then amplified and sent to the robot to trigger movements in each direction.
Such symbiotic interaction with artificial art could be further developed with exogenous extensions that provide nutrition, growth frameworks and new defense mechanisms.
Will this plant eventually learn to ride the scent of blood and eat us? Possibly! To rewrite Ian Malcolm, our researchers were so concerned about whether they could make a mobile house plant, they did not stop thinking about them. I, for one, welcome our cyborg house plants overlords.