Augmented plants

machineARIA invites the viewer to contemplate a hybrid ecosystem - natural and artificial - of electromechanically modified plants. The augmented plants contain the source of the wind that sways and caresses them.


A custom circuit with a PIC microcontroller is connected to five motors with their propellers and LEDs, each one grafted to the trunk of a bamboo plant. The motors and LEDs are being turned on and off sequentially: the resulting motion simulates a delicate wind blow.

A work by Ruben Coen Cagli.