We all know that we're supposed to talk to our plants (and maybe give them an occasional hug) to make them healthier, but now the plants are talking back. A company called Botanicalls have merged plant care with telecommunications, devising and constructing a way to bring container gardening to the 21st century: using their system, your plants will call you on the phone when they need to be watered, when they haven't gotten enough, and to thank you when they're no longer thirsty.
With a duo of goals -- keeping the plants alive by translating the communication protocols of the plants (leaf habit, color of foliage, droop, etc) to more common human communication protocols (email, voice phone calls, digital visualizations, etc) and making a connection between people and plants by exploring and visualizing people's emotional connection to plants and the ways plants help humans -- the project empowers communication between plants and people. Hey, the more plants around, the better, right? See the plants in action, making some calls at a video over at Reuters and see what's in store for Phase 2 after the jump.
The system currently involves a soil moisture sensor, hardware and software to interpret that data, and a call to a lounge phone; phase to will include a bunch of new features including a light sensor, display, ambient sensors, output to the web and email, as well as calls to your personal cell phone (not just the one connected to the plant). You'll even be able to call and check on the plants status.