ChatBotany allows plants to interact with and express themselves to people through a chat interface.
ChatBotany is the millennial gardening interface for today. The project connects a person to their plant through Facebook Messenger — allowing the plant to let their humans know when they're thirsty or lonely. The chat conversation also provides digital inputs that trigger physical events (such as watering the plant).
Plant personality traits based on the current state of the plant (e.g. “I'm thirsty!”) are represented through the images and the tone of messages sent by the plant to the human recipient. It explores our tendency to personify non-human entities and whether texting/chat interfaces are capable of communicating their personalities.
The project will be open-sourced, allowing anyone to build their own ChatBotany project at home.
Introduction to Physical Computing