Phytowalkers

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Credit: Florian Voggeneder

Artist Lab Yasuaki Kakehi (JP)

This colony of botanical robots consists of plant pots, plants and electronic components. People “grow” a robot, cultivating airplants (tillandsia) in a pot to produce the legs. As a result, the new organism begins to walk on its own “legs.” The Phytowalkers are equipped with a microcontroller, a motor and several sensors. When a robot comes to a sunny area, it stops and recharges itself via a solar cell and the photosynthesis of the plants.

In collaboration with Junichi Yamaoka (JP)