A while back I came across the site of Disney Research and was surprised about the amount and kind of projects they had ongoing. I really did not expect a lot more than investigations and projects around audience interaction or Disneyland rides. I was pleasantly surprised when I stumbled on the page of Disney’s Interactive Plant Technology.
One of them is around investigating the way a plant can be used to interact with a computer. This might sound slightly confusing, but you only have to look at the embedded video to understand what I’m on about.
Visualizing the energy that a plant emits is, aside from beautiful, a great way to see how a plant or a flower interact with its environment. Especially when the method used is not invasive and does not damage the plant (it would be different if the energy would flow in the opposite direction).
I was expecting an informative note at the end of this video. Something along the lines of “No Plants where hurt during the recording of this video”.
More information on http://www.disneyresearch.com/research/projects/hci_botanicus_drp.htm