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Flower Robots For Your Home

timothy posted about 6 years ago | from the pretty-high-on-maslow's-hierarchy dept.

Robotics 119

Roland Piquepaille writes "Flower robots are not new, and some have already been developed in the US. Now, South Korean researchers have created a robotic plant which acts like real ones. This robot has humidifying, oxygen-producing, aroma-emitting, and kinetic functions. It is about 1.30 meters tall and 40 centimeters in diameter. The robotic plant can interact with people when they approach, and it can 'dance' when music is played. The researchers don't say when a commercial version of their flowers will come to the market. They also don't mention a retail price."

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First post? (2, Interesting)

iamapizza (1312801) | about 6 years ago | (#25409331)

>The researchers don't say when a commercial version of their flowers will come to the market. They also don't mention a retail price

So it's not really for 'your home' then, is it?

Re:First post? (3, Funny)

iamapizza (1312801) | about 6 years ago | (#25409349)

>and it can 'dance' when music is played

And it further looks like the First Law of Robotics don't apply here!

Re:First post? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25409383)

It's Roland. Jesus Fucking Christ with a pogo stick.

Re:First post? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25410405)

Troll ? Maybe, but check out this link http://slashdot.org/~rpiquepa [slashdot.org] and wonder for yourself if it is natural that somebody has all their submissions posted to the /. frontpage.

Not a single reject !

Makes you wonder what dear Roland would have to write to get rejected. Or if that's possible at all?

Re:First post? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25410695)

It's tagged ohnoitsroland
Your right, I just don't know why he rates, especially on /.
After all he's got other sites he writes for.

Re:First post? (2, Informative)

MyLongNickName (822545) | about 6 years ago | (#25411047)

Troll ? Maybe, but check out this link http://slashdot.org/~rpiquepa [slashdot.org] and wonder for yourself if it is natural that somebody has all their submissions posted to the /. frontpage.

Not a single reject !

At the bottom "(Rejected submissions are not listed.)"

Re:First post? (2)

ciderVisor (1318765) | about 6 years ago | (#25409675)

The researchers don't say when a commercial version of their flowers will come to the market. They also don't mention a retail price.

They're available now, from £11.99 upwards.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=dancing+flower&tag=googhydr-21&index=aps&hvadid=689581509&ref=pd_sl_2h5hlp7cun_b [amazon.co.uk]

Re:First post? (2, Insightful)

Hognoxious (631665) | about 6 years ago | (#25409833)

You know what I hate? Those santa figures that start going "hohoho" if you go within about 30 feet of them. You know, it's a lucky thing halloween is when it is, or they'd have all the xmas tat in the stores already.

Feel free to mod me -1 bah humbug.

Re:First post? (3, Interesting)

g-san (93038) | about 6 years ago | (#25410113)

Don't you get it yet? The shopping season is all about taxes. You file your income taxes by april so the govt can count/collect it all by summer, then in winter they make up a holiday that convinces everyone to spend spend spend so they can collect tax revenues. It might be reversed for you Aussies, when do you pay taxes?

And did you notice that every store has a frickin holiday section now, it just goes xmas to valentines to easter to mothers day to dads and grads to cheap chinese summer toys to Halloween to thanksgiving and repeat.

And your last comment is the icing on the cake, the star on the xmas tree, the big box under the tree. You are actually feeling guilty for talking that way! You assume that everyone will negatively paint you a "Scrooge" if you don't participate in the scam. That's why it's such a great scam. And that is why even though people can't afford it and they really don't need it, they BUY it anyways, and the cycle continues.

I hate it, but I appreciate it for its elegance.

Re:First post? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25410195)

In Australia, I think Christmas is in June isn't it? So they pay taxes in October.

Re:First post? (2, Informative)

Whiteox (919863) | about 6 years ago | (#25410751)

Yeah, we have 2. 'Xmas in July' which is totally reserved for yuppies which you can catch in the wild in trendy places and then we have the one on the 25th of December when it's sweltering hot and most eat salads and prawns (erm shrimps - no one eats turkey by the way), while we watch the bushfires tearing through the countryside.
Take your pick. And we do our taxes in July and get refunds about 2 weeks later.

Re:First post? (1)

Hal_Porter (817932) | about 6 years ago | (#25410323)

You know what I hate? Those santa figures that start going "hohoho" if you go within about 30 feet of them. You know, it's a lucky thing halloween is when it is, or they'd have all the xmas tat in the stores already.

Feel free to mod me -1 bah humbug.

In Capitalist Korea, Santa Killbots downmod you -1, hohohoho.

Re:First post? (2, Informative)

gstoddart (321705) | about 6 years ago | (#25411387)

You know what I hate? Those santa figures that start going "hohoho" if you go within about 30 feet of them. You know, it's a lucky thing halloween is when it is, or they'd have all the xmas tat in the stores already.

I don't know about where you live, but in my area, the xmas crap is alongside the halloween crap.

Seriously, in the first week of October I was seeing retailers with both stuff on display. I remember when the Christmas stuff dutifully waited until after halloween -- I don't think that's the case any more.

Cheers/Humbug

flower robot...hello fish (4, Funny)

Monkey-some (1178115) | about 6 years ago | (#25409337)

I suspect that it's a new way to sell us the kind of humidifier/sensitizers that you just plug.

On another hand that robotic flower who interacts and dance with people would just fit perfectly fine with my cluster of singing basses who are pinned on the wall "taake me to the river"...

Re:flower robot...hello fish (5, Funny)

ILuvRamen (1026668) | about 6 years ago | (#25409423)

That might be true under other circumstances but you forget what time of year it is. With people hating voting robo-calls so much, they've developed these plants instead. They sneak into your home under the guide of being cute and fun and sort of gimmicky but when you're sitting there reading slashdot, you hear a really quiet "vote for _____" and then you look around and think "who the hell just said that?" and IT WAS THE PLANT!

Re:flower robot...hello fish (1)

sw155kn1f3 (600118) | about 6 years ago | (#25410443)

Thank you.. This song will haunt me for few days.. Kind of forgot the first impression when I've seen the single bass first time.. And now I'm picturing an array of them.. Rock'n'roll!

like real ones?... (1)

RuBLed (995686) | about 6 years ago | (#25409339)

Real plants don't do those things. You should describe it the other way around. (plant like qualities as an extra only)

I had another idea, we could conceal these things in some sort of an upright tube. When it detects someone nearby it would pop out and open it's big petals... Hmmm..

Re:like real ones?... (2, Insightful)

dvh.tosomja (1235032) | about 6 years ago | (#25409405)

>> Real plants don't do those things Triffids does

Re:like real ones?... (2, Funny)

Smivs (1197859) | about 6 years ago | (#25409703)

What, you mean it turns brown and all the leaves fall off if you don't water it right?

Re:like real ones?... (1)

g-san (93038) | about 6 years ago | (#25410131)

That's what all my plants do. I thought they were supposed to. They are just like cut flowers, but they last a few weeks longer, right? I love my golden bonsai!

Have you considered... (1)

Smivs (1197859) | about 6 years ago | (#25410183)

Cacti [wikipedia.org] .

Re:Have you considered... (1)

g-san (93038) | about 6 years ago | (#25410243)

Killed a bunch of those on my balcony. They last a lot longer though.

Fixed it for you (1)

Smivs (1197859) | about 6 years ago | (#25410577)

I think I've found the answer, Fossil Plants! [fossilplants.com]

Re:like real ones?... (1)

gstoddart (321705) | about 6 years ago | (#25411409)

What, you mean it turns brown and all the leaves fall off if you don't water it right?

Why would I pay for an electronic version of that?? I can do that to a real plan in about a week. :-P

Cheers

Re:like real ones?... (2, Informative)

uberjack (1311219) | about 6 years ago | (#25409713)

Morticia Adams had something similar. Occasionally, it would eat guests. It wasn't quite robotic, however.

oblig (1)

muzip (1220080) | about 6 years ago | (#25409343)

I, for one, welcome our new humidifying, oxygen-producing, aroma-emitting, and kinetic functioning flower robot overlords!

Re:oblig (3, Funny)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | about 6 years ago | (#25409913)

I, for one, welcome our new humidifying, oxygen-producing, aroma-emitting, and kinetic functioning flower robot overlords!

Oh, come on! You're not even trying!
How about:

Why don't people take time to smell their new robotic overlords?

The 80's called (3, Funny)

longhairedgnome (610579) | about 6 years ago | (#25409345)

They want their dancing flowers and coke cans back.

Re:The 80's called (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25409463)

Lies! You can KEEP them.

Sincerely,
The '80s

Feed Me! (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25409347)

" The robotic plant can interact with people when they approach, and it can 'dance' when music is played. "

Little shop of Horrors [imdb.com]

Re:Feed Me! (1)

shadedream (1225698) | about 6 years ago | (#25410967)

If it says "Feeeeed me seymore!" I'll be all over one.

That's all well and good (5, Funny)

Centurix (249778) | about 6 years ago | (#25409359)

But they forget to mention that they can walk by themselves and can spit poison that can blind a person.

Re:That's all well and good (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25409431)

But they forget to mention that they can walk by themselves and can spit poison that can blind a person.

I'm sorry to tell you this, but they just arrested your mother for doing that again.

Re:That's all well and good (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25409745)

..hell you just made me want one even more.

Re:That's all well and good (1)

Anivair (921745) | about 6 years ago | (#25410825)

Will esuna fix that?

Even better (1)

MillionthMonkey (240664) | about 6 years ago | (#25409371)

You can get an electronic fish that turns its head outwards and wiggles on its trophy plaque while singing kitschy cover songs.

What is it with Asians and robots? (5, Insightful)

ah81 (885126) | about 6 years ago | (#25409381)

Seriously, is there anything they don't want to turn into a robot?

You think this is bad? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25409797)

I heard the next project is "Goatsebot: the final stretch". Either that or the "Rickroll Overlord".

It's not all bad news, however. One of these days they'll create robotic girlfriends, for Slashdot users. The burning question is it really losing your virginity, if it was lost to a robot? Apparently, Nelson Mandela is investing the funds from his Thieving Coat [youtube.com] and Alcopops [youtube.com] ranges into this project.

Re:What is it with Asians and robots? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25409835)

Another Robot?

Re:What is it with Asians and robots? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25410175)

Seriously, is there anything they don't want to turn into a robot?

Dick Cheney.

Re:What is it with Asians and robots? (1)

SinaSa (709393) | about 6 years ago | (#25410297)

Seriously, is there anything they don't want to turn into a robot?

"American universities and Japanese manufacturers have produced toy-like robot plants, but ours has various new kinetic and electronic functions," project leader Park Jong-oh said. "It's a fresh attempt to introduce the concept of plants, rather than humans or animals, to robot making." Seems admirable enough to me.

Re:What is it with Asians and robots? (1)

Viol8 (599362) | about 6 years ago | (#25410347)

Seems pointless to me but each to their own.

Re:What is it with Asians and robots? (2, Funny)

tomzyk (158497) | about 6 years ago | (#25412051)

I'm crossing my fingers and hoping they will never turn a planet [wikipedia.org] into a robot.

Re:What is it with Asians and robots? (2, Interesting)

Speare (84249) | about 6 years ago | (#25412189)

I can't begin to guess about all "Asians" but I can see a few reasons why the Japanese in particular have taken to this trend.

For centuries, the Japanese mind has enjoyed consistency and fine craftsmanship. Kids have to write complicated kanji characters thousands of times to develop a consistency to it. Antique dolls made of wood with tiny clockwork cams have been built that can 'walk' into a room and serve you tea, or dip a brush into ink and do fine calligraphy. Attention to detail and exacting standards has been their culture. It's not like every Japanese person performs basic household chores like a finely choreographed martial arts technique, but there's a nugget of truth to it.

Today, we see this as corporate buzzwords such as "six sigma" and "pervasive automation." Six Sigma measures how often you fail to achieve a positive result, with very strict standards. One book gives an example of making pizza: rather than marking a failure if you burn the pepperonis black, mark a failure if you slightly blacken the crust. Then relentlessly work on your processes until you virtually never fail to make an exactly perfect pie every time. Often, the only way to achieve that level of adherence to the perfect process is to take the human out of the loop.

The average Japanese salaryman works insanely long hours. The Europeans laugh at the US for how many hours we put in, but that's peanuts to Japan. A bit of help to make the home a little more autonomous is a welcome idea.

In addition, Japan's population is very very old. Fewer and fewer children are growing and replacing their elders in the work force. As the mean age of the population rises, they are trying to come to grips with the cultural impact of importing labor from other countries. While they're pretty far behind in this respect, due to many centuries of isolationism, they are making headway. In the meantime, they're experimenting with robots as a way of filling that labor gap.

philips light blossom? (2, Interesting)

Tjeerd (976354) | about 6 years ago | (#25409411)

Reminds me of the new Philips Ligt Blossom [philips.com] flower (pictures [pocket-lint.co.uk] ) running on sun- and windenergy. What is it that happy flowers - or actually, nature - are inspiring those designers? I think the future might be the a mixture of technology and natural looking devices.

unAutotrophs (5, Insightful)

imatiach (1387767) | about 6 years ago | (#25409427)

Great, so now instead of planting flowers and trees that will form Glucose, give us Oxygen, supply all higher lifeforms and save the world every household will have a mechanical machine that will use up precious energy and resources. Sign me up!

Re:unAutotrophs (2, Insightful)

utnapistim (931738) | about 6 years ago | (#25409533)

But, but, but ... they DANCE!

I wonder if they will be available in pink ...

Re:unAutotrophs (2, Insightful)

imatiach (1387767) | about 6 years ago | (#25409645)

but trees and plants can already dance! Just turn on the fan or open the window. And you can always paint your plant/tree whatever color you want (think: Christmas trees) In fact, now that I think about it, I want to get a real plant. Maybe this robot will inspire people to go the extra step and get a real one...

Re:unAutotrophs (3, Funny)

g-san (93038) | about 6 years ago | (#25410179)

> Maybe this robot will inspire people to go the extra step and get a real one...

Kinda like how the Sims helped me figure out where all the flies were coming from.

Re:unAutotrophs (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25411649)

Or maybe it will inspire people to get a robot dog too.

Re:unAutotrophs (2, Insightful)

slashmojo (818930) | about 6 years ago | (#25409773)

On the other hand, maybe these are (or could be) solar powered - handy for areas where water is in short supply.

Shame the article doesn't actually say more about how these things work.. do they require a water supply? Where does the moisture and oxygen they supposedly produce come from?

Even if they do require water, are they more or less water efficient than real plants? For example - when you water a real plant you can expect some of that water to simply evaporate before the plant gets to use any of it.. if this thing uses a sealed water tank then that is perhaps less of an issue.

Anyway its still neat and now robotic dogs have something suitable to pee on! ;)

Re:unAutotrophs (1)

phalse phace (454635) | about 6 years ago | (#25409873)

Reading fails you.

Just like real plants, the robot emits oxygen, moisture, and aroma.

Re:unAutotrophs (1)

MrMista_B (891430) | about 6 years ago | (#25409947)

What's stopping you from doing both?

And there's more than a bit of hypocrisy in typing "every household will have a mechanical machine that will use up precious energy and resources", WHILE USING A COMPUTER.

If you're that worried about mechanical machines using up precious energy and resources, the last thing you should be using is a computer.

Illin' in the panicillin? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25409433)

Is she illin in the panicillin?
Is she chillin in the panicillin?
Is she stealin in the panicillin?
Is she feelin in the panicillin?

Panka panka

Is she liable no suitifiable pliable style is so suitifiable
Is she liable no suitifiable im not on trial but its suitifiable
Is she reliable no suitifiable not just viable but real suitifiable
Is she try-able no suitifiable lying in the aisle im real suitifiable

Re:Illin' in the panicillin? (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25409563)

Is she spillin in the panicillin?
Is she squealin in the panicillin?
Is she feelin in the panicillin?
Is she trillin in the panicillin?

Panka panka

Is it libel? no suitifiable pliable style is so suitifiable
Is it a style? no suitifiable im not on trial but its suitifiable
Is it a mile? no suitifiable not just viable but real suitifiable
Is it wild? no suitifiable lying in the aisle im real suitifiable

Its obvious! (4, Insightful)

BlackSabbath (118110) | about 6 years ago | (#25409459)

Why have a living, breathing flower in a pot when you can have a pretend one that wastes so much more energy? Who wouldn't want that?

Re:Its obvious! (2, Insightful)

MrMista_B (891430) | about 6 years ago | (#25409689)

People who are allergic to real flowers, for one. Or people who think it's neat and fun, looks nice in their home, or just want to own one?

Really, the 'why have a real 'whatever' when you can you a pretend 'blablabla' argument, seemingly always in a 'I'm holier than thou' sort of way, is just tired and overused by now.

Some other examples I've seen before:

"Why have a real conversation, when you can just type messages on the internet? Is that so hard?"
"Why go outside and play with your friends, when you can have pretend internet friends? Who wouldn't want that?"
"Why write real letters on real paper, when you can write on pretend paper on a computer that wastes so much more energy? Who wouldn't want that?"

See? It's silly.

Re:Its obvious! (1)

Viol8 (599362) | about 6 years ago | (#25410367)

He has a valid point though - this to me just seems to be technology for its own sake rather than some actual practical use - even as entertainment its a gag that'll wear very thin after about 30 secs.

Re:Its obvious! (1)

BlackSabbath (118110) | about 6 years ago | (#25410779)

I am not actually making that argument.

In the examples you give, the alternatives are actually different things that have overlapping uses. Therefore one cannot always be a substitute for the other. This device however has NO purpose other than to "emualate" a flower as accurately as possible, including "oxygen generation" and "aroma emission" (great for those allergic to pollen, not so good to those allergic to air-borne chemicals).

Re:Its obvious! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25411443)

People who are allergic to real flowers, for one.

That's silly. The flowers people are allergic to aren't the pretty ones. The pretty ones are pollinated by insects and other animals. People are only allergy to airborne pollen from wind pollinated plants. Flowers don't need to look pretty to attract wind. Yes, plenty of people think they are allergy to pretty flowers who aren't. Here's a quote from the NIH:

It is common to hear people say that they are allergic to colorful or scented flowers like roses. In fact, only florists, gardeners, and others who have close contact with flowers are likely to become sensitized to pollen from these plants. Most people have little contact with the large, heavy, waxy pollen grains of many flowering plants because this type of pollen is not carried by wind but by insects such as butterflies and bees.

Re:Its obvious! (1)

i love pineapples (742841) | about 6 years ago | (#25412543)

The flowers people are allergic to aren't the pretty ones.

I'm allergic to roses and lilacs. Those are both quite pretty, IMHO.

Re:Its obvious! (1)

i love pineapples (742841) | about 6 years ago | (#25412607)

Forgot to mention that it's the OIL (in the petals) of these flowers that I am allergic to, not the pollen. Put a drop of rose oil on my skin and I'll blister.

Re:Its obvious! (1)

MrMunkey (1039894) | about 6 years ago | (#25412521)

Don't forget those of us who kill every plant they try to bring into their house. Even house plants die at my house. I think I might be the plant Grim Reaper, but it's probably that I just don't know anything about plants (too much, or too little and/or sunlight).

Re:Its obvious! (1)

i love pineapples (742841) | about 6 years ago | (#25412519)

Why have a living, breathing flower in a pot when you can have a pretend one that wastes so much more energy? Who wouldn't want that?

Because some of us have dogs and/or cats that love to eat a real plant. Because bugs like to lay eggs in the potting soil, and then you have bugs and a dead plant. Because flowers wilt after a few days/weeks, and then you have to wait for new blooms. Because you need to remember to water them, but not too much, because then have mold/fungus and a dead plant. Because some of us just don't have green thumbs and want something pretty in our houses without continuing the endless cycle of slaughtering poor innocent flowering plants. WON'T YOU THINK OF THE PLANTS?

Tentacle stems (4, Funny)

millwall (622730) | about 6 years ago | (#25409461)

With such thick stems it looks like robot is more inspired by anime tentacle rape than actual organic flowers!

Re:Tentacle stems (1)

TexNex (513254) | about 6 years ago | (#25409739)

Ummm...that was the plot of Angel of Darkness III wasn't it?

Re:Tentacle stems (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25410499)

Those petals are just a decoy. When the pheromone level in the room is right, the urotsukidoji roots come out.

why? (3, Insightful)

nicklott (533496) | about 6 years ago | (#25409527)

Looks like a solution in need of a problem to me. Real plants fulfil their functions just fine. And they look better.

gnaaaaaaaaargh... (2, Funny)

cosmocain (1060326) | about 6 years ago | (#25409535)

...can't resist... must obey... help!

please *sweat...

...must do it..

i, for one, welcome our new robotic overlords

ah, that was tough...

Re:gnaaaaaaaaargh... (2, Interesting)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | about 6 years ago | (#25410201)

I know how you feel. The conflation of South Korea, robots and flowers makes this a meme goldmine.

In South Korea, only old people welcome their new robotic overlords.
Where have all the robots gone? Girls have picked them every one. When will they ever learn? When will they ever learn?
What's in a name? That which we call a robot by any other name would smell as sweet.
Take time to smell the robots.
A robot is a robot is a robot.
She loves me. BZZZZT! She loves me not. HMMMMZZZ! She loves me. ZZZZ! <pop!>

And my personal favorite:

In Soviet Russia, robotic flowers smell YOU!

Those small subtle differences (1)

KeX3 (963046) | about 6 years ago | (#25409579)

South Korean researchers have created a robotic plant which acts like real ones.

The robotic plant can interact with people when they approach, and it can 'dance' when music is played.

I guess it's now actually safe to say that Asia is just simply not like the rest of the world, apparently even down to plant-life.

What do they run on? (2, Interesting)

pipatron (966506) | about 6 years ago | (#25409589)

Do they also run on water and carbon dioxide?

Re:What do they run on? (2, Funny)

ciderVisor (1318765) | about 6 years ago | (#25409635)

Brawndo has electrolytes. It has what plants crave.

Re:What do they run on? (1)

dw604 (900995) | about 6 years ago | (#25409841)

if it can dance, i'm guessing it's plugged in. (IDNRTFA)

Re:What do they run on? (1)

oodaloop (1229816) | about 6 years ago | (#25409921)

What, like out of the toilet?

Re:What do they run on? (1)

g-san (93038) | about 6 years ago | (#25410149)

Sunlight, silly. In one way or another, it's all sunlight.

Re:What do they run on? (1)

thepotoo (829391) | about 6 years ago | (#25411603)

If you really want to be anal about it, the sunlight (photon, actually, plants don't absorb all sunlight) just inputs enough energy to move an electron to a higher energy state. This electron is taken from water, and gets stored in glucose, the carbon in that glucose itself being taken from CO2.

So it's not all sunlight.

Re:What do they run on? (1)

scorp1us (235526) | about 6 years ago | (#25412347)

Well, I liked the idea, until I saw it was just an energy sink.

You see, the photovoltaic cells we have today run at 10-14% efficiency. Compare that to natural photosynthesis at 2%, ergo, outside fo manufacturing we should be able to do 5x what the plant can do. Imagine a "plant" with a dehumidifier that separates the collected water into HHO2 gas (via electrolysis) you can store the Hydrogen for a lamp at night, and just release oxygen in the room. And you can still do whatever with extra electricity - LED colored leaves?.

We should be able to do plant functions 5x better than a plant.

Next Step! (4, Funny)

imatiach (1387767) | about 6 years ago | (#25409667)

Pet robot rock! It can... uh...

As interesting as watching grass grow (1)

syzler (748241) | about 6 years ago | (#25409691)

FTA, âoeIt's a fresh attempt to introduce the concept of plants, rather than humans or animals, to robot making."

That concept sounds as interesting as watching grass grow. Maybe they are trying to put a new twist on robot wars with a match between the synthetic grass cluster and the Robo Mower.

In the other news... (1)

hankwang (413283) | about 6 years ago | (#25409715)

In the other news, robot fishes [howstuffworks.com] are reported to sing loud protests against roboplants that are invading their territory.

Robot Rock (4, Funny)

El_Muerte_TDS (592157) | about 6 years ago | (#25409755)

It behaves just like a real rock. It's really low on maintenance, is has solar cells to recharge itself, but it can last for months on a single charge. It is perfect for a hi-tech Japanese rock garden.

ps, I already filed the patent.

Re:Robot Rock (1)

Nerdposeur (910128) | about 6 years ago | (#25411683)

Yes! I tip my hat to you, sir. No further jokes are needed.

They have some weird plants there (1)

NoNeeeed (157503) | about 6 years ago | (#25409851)

"The robot was developed using characteristics of plants normally grown for ornamental purposes."

And

"If a person's voice becomes louder than a certain level, the flower buds will come into bloom, and the stem shakes slightly to suggest a greeting. When the room lights up, the buds open and close, and when music is played, the plant dances."

What kind of plants do they keep around there! Do they also eat meat and sing like Levi Stubbs [imdb.com] ?

Remember kids, never feed a plant that moves on its own and likes the taste of blood.

It's like "Catch" in the Wii (3, Insightful)

NoNeeeed (157503) | about 6 years ago | (#25409869)

Seriously, someone has actually created a game of catch on the Wii [wiifitforum.org] .

He said it was because...

but it's different for kids nowadays, because playgrounds and such places doesn't allow ball throwing any more.

Simulated catch, robot dogs, and now robot plants.

At the risk of sounding all "get of my lawn", this kind of thing is pretty depressing.

Yes, yes... (2, Funny)

denzacar (181829) | about 6 years ago | (#25410119)

It has humidifying, oxygen-producing, aroma-emitting, and kinetic functions.

But can it feel love and love you in return?

Re:Yes, yes... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25411475)

The aloe vera robotic is likely to feature lubrication so you can love it, but I doubt it will return the love.

Real (1)

johndmartiniii (1213700) | about 6 years ago | (#25410491)

Wait, what is wrong with buying a ficus plant or a cactus again? Oh right, ficus can't be modded to run Linux.

Yet.

Lost in Gardeners' World (1)

Phydaux (1135819) | about 6 years ago | (#25410651)

Danger, Geoff Hamilton!

#irc.9trolltalk.3om (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25410725)

Aromatic (1)

sheehaje (240093) | about 6 years ago | (#25410879)

"Why does your house smell like Cow Shit?"

"Damnit, I need to reboot my robotic flowers again."

Plant Man? (1)

Jesus_666 (702802) | about 6 years ago | (#25411147)

These things were obviously designed as topical enemies for Plant Man's stage. Was, by chance, funding for them provided by a certain "Mr. X"?

I MUST Have One!! (1)

BigBlueOx (1201587) | about 6 years ago | (#25411371)

I want a robotic plant that's bright red, 600 feet high and smells terrible.

If it can dance, that's a bonus.

Hmmm... (3, Insightful)

vegiVamp (518171) | about 6 years ago | (#25411733)

Do the robotic flowers absorb more CO2 and emit more oxygen than what is required to produce, power, and when they break down, recycle them ?

Didn't think so. I'll take real flowers, kthxbye.

Supersonic? (2, Interesting)

jcdick1 (254644) | about 6 years ago | (#25411737)

From the article:

When a person comes within a 40 cm radius of the flower, its supersonic sensor perceives the approach, the stem bends towards the person, and the buds come into full bloom.

It can go supersonic within 40 cm? How about the buds come into full bloom and impale themselves in the approaching person?

And when are they .... (1)

Igarden2 (916096) | about 6 years ago | (#25411931)

And when are they going to invent a robot to take care of my real plants?

Replace the amazon rainforest with Robotic plants (1)

jameskojiro (705701) | about 6 years ago | (#25412613)

Profit!!!

Dr. Who: the Autons are taking over! (1)

smellsofbikes (890263) | about 6 years ago | (#25412689)

Anyone else remember the Dr. Who episodes about The Autons [wikipedia.org] ? Creepy creatures that were plastic and were trying to take over the Earth by running plastic injection molding companies that were actually cranking out millions of Autons and selling them as clothing store dummies, telephone cords, baby dolls, and most critically, decorative plastic flowers?
Those episodes got the producers in trouble with the British Government, as I recall, because they scared kids so badly that parents were out in the streets protesting. I can see why, too: the scenes where the baby dolls came alive and were strangling people, the flowers were blowing plastic gunk over people's faces that asphyxiated them, and particularly the one where all the showroom dummies on Bond Street busted out through the showroom windows and started gunning everyone down in the middle of the street, were as good as any horror movie.

Plastic flowers *still* give me the creeps, 30 years after I saw those episodes.

slashdot the suxor (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25412711)

Now, when a post is folded on the front page, you have to register but when clicking the topic itself you can read it?
What was those plus and minus for?
Piss us off?

Robot Flower (1)

sexconker (1179573) | about 6 years ago | (#25412945)

It's a robot(ic) flower, not a flower robot.

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