Roboplant imitates photosynthesis

Researchers from Chonnam National University in Korea have managed to develop a robotic plant that functions like its biological counterpart.

Robotic plant
Chonnam National University/Yonhap

Even as the One Upstairs created man, it looks like man wants to play Creator in more ways than one. Researchers from Chonnam National University in Korea have managed to develop a robotic plant that functions like its biological counterpart. In short, it can produce oxygen, give out scents, emit moisture into the air, and even, yes, imitate photosynthesis. Just like the real thang.

According to write-ups, the roboplant will lean toward anyone approaching within 16 inches, complete with flowers blooming. Talking to the plant also causes it to bloom and shake to greet you. Like its cheap, retail counterparts, this cyberpot will also dance when you play music.

Of course, it's a pretty sterile attempt, since this effort is unlikely to ever replace our fast-vanishing tracts of rainforest. Still, let's hope no mad scientist coughs up a Terminator Venus Fly Trap anytime soon.

(Via Crave Asia)

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