Botanicalls: Your Fern Is on Line Two

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Botanicalls is the name of a New York University student project that helps plants call for help if they're parched or overwatered. Moisture sensors send a signal over a wireless network (with humans supplying the voices for messages of need or thanks).


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.

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