Disney has just unveiled the Botanicus Interacticus, an interactive plant platform that, when touched, will create music and sound. The Botanicus Interacticus system works for both living and artificial plants, turning the biennial into a touch-sensitive system much like a tablet or smartphone.
A single electrode that's connected to a computer is added to the plant's soil. When the plant is touched, such as by moving your hand down the stem, grasping it or tapping one of its leaves, Disney's Swept Frequency Capacitive Sensing (SFCS) translates the contact into analaog signals and subsequently produces sound and music.
According to Disney, the platform offers a range of applications, such as "designing interactive responsive environments and new forms of living interaction devices as well as developing organic ambient and pervasive interfaces."