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    • CommentAuthorAnonymous.
    • CommentTimeOct 18th 2008 edited
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    Source (note; filthy site about going green and kissing daises)

    It moves with the silky precision of a crab.

    They call it “Solar seeking botanical augmentation,” but essentially it is a Phototrope robot that seeks out optimal sunlight and moves its plant host where it needs to go to get that sun. Apparently there is still some discussion whether this is a model/design concept or a working prototype. Still, as I'm sure you all are, always happy to hear about robots. If we shove some AI up their arses who knows what kind of dirty frolicks they'll be up to in a few years. I for one, would like to see a coconut smoking, or a tobacco plant begging not to be smoked. Maybe, even some sort of Swamp Thing virus could run through the botanical internet, (what we'll call The Green), and it could possess them? No, no you're right. Of course not.

    P.S. No results for Transbotany on Google, I believe I have coined a phrase. I hope it gets into the dictionary.

    P.P.S. This is now the first result for Transbotany on Google. Coinage success.
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      CommentAuthorallana
    • CommentTimeOct 18th 2008
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    what a cute idea. and how easy! a handful of photoresistors, an arduino, some servos. bam!
    (that's in my estimation; i didn't click on the source-link.)

    my biggest problem is that i can't come up with these cute ideas. anyone got any suggestions?
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      CommentAuthorAdam
    • CommentTimeOct 18th 2008
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    Now if you just fit some form of cannon on the front of that thing, it'll be complete!
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    This is the creepiest thing I've seen all week. I'm getting "Day of the Triffids" (tv series) flashbacks
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    Imagine that shit scuttling up curtains and over furniture! Holy crap that is really creepy!
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    I approve of this because it means one day we won't have to pay for gas.
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      CommentAuthorLuke
    • CommentTimeOct 20th 2008
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    That is a seriously cool concept, though it looks like the mechanical parts visible are just for show. I'm hoping sombody hacks one together: all sorts of potential when you have something capable of robotic motion with only a single priority - pets will learn fast, but maybe not kids.
    • CommentAuthorradian
    • CommentTimeOct 20th 2008
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    Is it meant to be solar powered or ...plant powered?
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    my biggest problem is that i can't come up with these cute ideas. anyone got any suggestions?
    Grinding has posted a few things on robotic furniture. If you had a spare room, it'd be an awesome hobby to completely transform it into something that reconfigures itself based on time of day, sunlight, whether you're there, etc.
    • CommentAuthorHenchbot
    • CommentTimeOct 20th 2008
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    scuttling ratfucked robot.
    me thinks its mutinous.
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    When I found this I spent far too long trying to figure out if it actually worked or if it was just a design, with no conclusive results. But I want one. If I had the time, I think I'd be totally willing to learn the inner workings and make my own. I love that it has little crabfeet instead of wheels.
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      CommentAuthorCamMc
    • CommentTimeOct 20th 2008 edited
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    Now if you just fit some form of cannon on the front of that thing, it'll be complete!

    If the future is being mugged by a houseplant, I want out. Now.
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      CommentAuthorBerserker
    • CommentTimeOct 20th 2008 edited
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    And here cats thought they had problems just sleeping next to rocking chairs. This will mess with them bad, which will serve the ones that can't keep themselves from occasionally munching on them just about right.

    I wonder if it's possible to mod them to guard the plant too? Maybe chase pets off from them when they get too close??

    But then you'd probably get tackled every time you tried to water the damned things...
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    Maybe chase pets off from them when they get too close??
    Yeah, there are tech solutions to that kind of issue also.
    • CommentAuthorBrazen
    • CommentTimeOct 20th 2008
     (3908.15)
    First light, then defense, then some sort of adaptive water infusion and soil nutrient supplement. Where would it end?

    Now I'm imaging floating farm fields driven to remain forever in the day with solar and wind powered desalination plants to provide endless supplies of water? Maybe some sort of sea scope to chop up sea life for fertilizer?

    Probably get ruined by the first big wave.
    • CommentAuthorJo
    • CommentTimeOct 20th 2008
     (3908.16)
    @Alex M.:

    The Green

    Thanks, that's just given me massive flashbacks to reading Jeff Noon's Pollen in college, during a stretch of intense sleep deprivation/insomnia. Highly recommended, by the way.

    The book, not the insomnia.
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      CommentAuthorDasai
    • CommentTimeOct 20th 2008
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    @Brazen: No, some clever little scientist would suggest a dome.
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      CommentAuthorBerserker
    • CommentTimeOct 20th 2008
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    @Mark Seifert - Wow, you just made my entire day with that link.

    Best part? Those naughty cats getting their just desserts match mine - one black, one tuxedo. Brilliant.
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      CommentAuthortedcroland
    • CommentTimeOct 20th 2008
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    I find it interesting that they built it out of wood.

    I had never thought of replacing my limbs with someone's who was stronger than me.
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      CommentAuthorAdam
    • CommentTimeOct 20th 2008
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    I wonder if it's possible to mod them to guard the plant too? Maybe chase pets off from them when they get too close??

    But then you'd probably get tackled every time you tried to water the damned things...

    Now I'm envisioning it as a robotic hermit crab, like the ones that stick sea anenomes to their own shell, yeah? And that is so damn awesome. Six little scuttly-feets and a big pair o' defensive claws, plus anti-social terminal anger issues inherently programmed in. I don't CARE that it would inevitably turn against me and annex at least one room of my house as a new sovereign robo-nation, I WANT IT!