Using Twitter And Arduino To Make Plants Talk

 

At Triangles, we see Social Media as a multi tool; capable of sending personal messages to friends or communicating to the masses. What isn’t so well known, is using Twitter to communicate to plants or pets.

What is going on here is using twitter as a trigger for a tangible message relay; a simple implementation for this method is using an Arduino board’s Ethernet capabilities for hacking a toy ray gun to go off when someone tweets <#something>. A more intermediate version would be a plant life support system that not only tweets at you when it needs watering, but enables you to water the plant away from home. This can be done using a potted plant, or depending on the container, could be used for Hydroponics or Aeroponics ( Hydroponics places the plant roots in running water, where Aeroponics suspends the plant in the air, and waters the roots almost continuously). This can be done with a simple hookup of a 12v water pump controlled by Arduino. For plant based projects, I would recommend reading The Secret Life of Plants. Plants are debatably less disastrous (if anything goes wrong) than the advanced exercise: Feeding a pet.

Triangles Social Media Team gets excited for open source, D.I.Y. projects, especially if they involve hacking social media. What is also very exciting is that all of these projects are open source, reasonably comprehensive, fun and low cost. “Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It’s intended for artists, designers, hobbyists and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments.” For more info checkout arduino.cc

Sources:

Arduino
Botanicalls
Sparkfun
Alert Ray Gun
Twitter dog feeder
Pet feeder

 

 

Written by Alex

Alex

A Social Media Analyst at Triangles, Alex has a healthy appreciation for subtlety and tree climbing. When he is not balancing medium and content, he is likely out doing secret ninja stuff.

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