The plant interface system, click which is built around technology developed by Satoshi Kuribayashi at the Keio University Hiroya Tanaka Laboratory, physician uses surface potential sensors to read the weak bioelectric current flowing across the surface of the leaves. This natural current fluctuates in response to changes in the immediate environment, such as temperature, humidity, vibration, electromagnetic waves and nearby human activity. A specially developed algorithm translates this data into Japanese sentences, which are used as fodder for the plantâ€™s daily blog posts.
Midori-san started blogging about a week ago. So far, the plantâ€™s highly structured posts summarize the dayâ€™s weather, temperature and lighting conditions, describe its overall physical condition, tell how much light it received via the user-activated lamp (see below), and explain how much fun the day was. Each post also includes a self-portrait photo and a plant-themed pun (in Japanese), which Midori-san likely did not write. A graph at the top of the sidebar shows the plantâ€™s surface potential in real-time. [source]
Pretty cool, eh?
Although now this has me questioning my abilities as a blogger…