The system operates by adjusting an electrode into the plant’s soil and simply connecting the other end to a computer system. There you go, now your plant, either it is an artificial or living one, has become touch sensitive just like a smartphone or tablet PC since Botanicus Interacticus utilizes the capacitive touch sensing technology as used in today’s touch-enabled mobile devices.
The differentiating point in Disney’s system is Swept Frequency Capacitive Sensing (SFCS), which not only detects the touch gestures but also where a plant has been touched also being read by the carefully developed mechanic algorithm.
The touch gestures are mapped precisely into analogue signals of music and sound. Given the fact, either you move your fingers over the stem or just touch the leaf slightly a certain sound will be produced on the computer. Play the music baby.
The proximity and amount of touch create varying sounds, so I will not be surprised if some day sooner you upload a music video on YouTube playing the plant-music and having Chipmunks dancing around you. But I will be surprised if that tops the US chart.
The really good thing about this research is that it makes the plant interactive without posing any harm to them.
The Disney researchers will demonstrate their superb project at Siggraph Emerging Technology expo, from 6 August.