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Elowan: cybernetic lifeform

Elowan is a cybernetic lifeform, a plant in direct dialogue with a machine. Using its own internal electrical signals, the plant is interfaced with a robotic extension that drives it toward light.

Elowan is a cybernetic lifeform, a plant in direct dialogue with a machine. The plant is interfaced through its own electrochemical signals with a robotic extension that drives it towards light. Plants have natural bioelectrochemical signals inside them. The get excited in response to environmental conditions and conduct these signals between tissues and organs. Elowan is an attempt to demonstrate what augmentation of nature could mean. Elowan’s robotic base is a new symbiotic association with a plant. The agency of movement rests with the plant based on its own bio-electrochemical signals. In this experimental setup, electrodes are inserted into stems and ground. The weak signals are then amplified and sent to the robot, making it move in respective directions.

Technical Implementation and Production: Harpreet Sareen, Pattie Maes

Illustration and Animation: Elbert Tiao Link: media.mit.edu/projects/elowan-a-plant-robot-hybrid/overview/

License: CC-BY-4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/…)

 

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