This robotic plant is the latest invention by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and it is quite exciting. The experiment attempts to fuse the natural environment with the machine world by allowing botanical intervention in a techy landscape. The project is headed by Harpreet Sareen and Pattie Maes who are affiliated with the Fluid Interfaces group at the MIT Media Lab.
The robotic plant is essentially a hybrid system — one that brings together potted greenery and wheeled hardware. MIT attached electrodes to the botanical sample's leaves and stems. Through reactions to environmental changes and fluctuating levels of light, the plant is able to trigger responses that cause the wheels to move in search for optimal light sources. Frequently described as "cyborg botany," the techy project "plugs plants directly into the digital world."