WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Sun Tianqi, engineer and founder of the technology company called Vincross, designed a robot that can care for indoor potted plants.
- It has sensors that will tell the robot to bring your house plant in and out of the sunlight depending on the plant’s needs.
- However, the robot isn’t available commercially.
You might not be blessed with a green thumb, but with a little technological help, your indoor plants may not need to worry anymore.
The Hexa Plant is a cute robot that has six legs and is designed to carry a potted plant on top of its head. Installed with heat and light sensors, this little robot can help with the sun exposure your plant baby needs — moving into the sunlight it craves or relocating somewhere shady when your plant gets too hot. Not just that, the Hexa Plant even dances a little jig when it senses that your houseplant needs a drink of water.
Sun Tianqi, engineer and founder of the technology company called Vincross, conceived the idea for the robot plant caregiver during a nature exhibit in 2014. He noticed a dead sunflower sitting in the shadows and away from the sunlight.
In a blog post, Tianqi wrote, “No matter if they are being cut, bitten, burned or pulled from the earth, or when they lack sunshine, water, or are too hot or cold, they will hold still and take whatever is happening to them. They have the fewest degrees of freedom among all the creatures in nature.”
The engineer wants plants to be able to “experience mobility and interaction” and the human tendency to “break their own settings” of having to stay put where they were born. The Hexa Plant model robots aren’t something you’ll find for sale on the shelves though. But, Vincross still sells a standard prototype of the Hexa robot.
Source: Good News Network