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Project Florence: Communicate with Plants

Plants can speak now!

Speaking trees! Seriously?

Speaking trees! Doesn’t it sound like a myth or fable? In movies too, you must have seen trees talking to the protagonist. However, speaking trees are soon going to be a reality. UK-based designer and researcher Helena Stenier have introduced Project Florence via Microsoft Research’s Studio 99. It aims at developing a connection between plants and human through a device. The machine translates the human language to the plants and later, interaction from plants is translated back to human language.

The video above shows the device that holds the plants. With the help of your desktop, you can send messages to the plant that is converted to light. Sensors records interaction and decode the message back to human language. The machine also records interaction from soil, air, roots and leaves.

How it works?

In Project Florence, the plants communicate and share information with the help of electro-chemical signals. Currently, there is no such accurate device present across the world that can act as a bridge between plant and humans. This project is the first step towards the future.

Project Florence is in a developing stage. A prototype shows the functionality, but if it is successful, then it brings major uprising in the farming sector. It will be easier to find needs of plants. Various problems can be tackled associated with environmental changes or things that affect the growth of plants.


  • Project Florence brings a machine that can talk to plants.
  • It reads the electro-chemical changes from the plant leaves, soil, air, etc.
  • Messages are coded into lights and interaction is recorded via electrodes.

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