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New robotic plant uses electrical signals to move towards light

Wednesday 05/December/2018 - 09:18 AM
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Edited by: Yara Sameh

Elowan، described by the MIT researchers behind it as a 'cybernetic lifeform' is able to automatically roll itself towards nearby light، making sure it gets enough to survive، daily mail reported.

According to Elowan's creator، Sareen Harpreet، humans may not be the only cyborgs in the future.

He says 'Cyborg Botany' could be the future، with plants fitted with technology to help them thrive.

'As humans، we rely on technological augmentations to tune our fitness to the environment،' Harpreet writes on his website.

'However، the acceleration of evolution through technology needs to move from a human centric to a holistic nature-centric view.

'I created Elowan as an attempt to provoke thought as to what augmented plants would mean.'

Elowan was fitted with electrodes in the stem and ground.

'The weak signals are then amplified and sent to the robot، making it move in respective directions،' the project's website say.

'Using its own internal electrical signals، the plant is interfaced with a robotic extension that drives it toward light.'

HOW DOES THE CYBORG PLANT WORK?
Electrodes are inserted into stems and ground.

The weak signals are then amplified and sent to the robot، making it move in respective directions.

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