Botanicalls: Your Fern Is on Line Two
STEVE INSKEEP, host:
Consider what will happen to your phone bills when your plants start calling you. It could happen.
Our last word in business today is Botanicalls. That's the name of a New York University student project that empowers plants to call for help if they are parched or over-watered. Moisture sensors in the soil send a signal over a wireless network.
By the way, if you got a green thumb, you could hear this…
Unidentified Man: Hi. This is the fiddly fig plant. I don't know if it was you, but someone just gave me a nice watering and I want to express my thanks. I feel great.
INSKEEP: The students want the plants to make these thank you calls as well as distress calls so they don't always seem so needy.
I don't know if it is you, but somebody just gave us a nice listen. Thanks very much. It's wonderful. It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.