Scientists at the Disney Research Lab at Carnegie Mellon University have developed a touch-controlled plant (!) called “Botanicus Interacticus.” There are a number of applications for the technology, not the least of which is a music instrument or controller.
Via Disney Research Hub -
Botanicus Interacticus has a number of unique properties. This instrumentation of plants is simple, non-invasive, and does not damage the plants. It requires only a single wire placed anywhere in the soil. The interaction with plants goes beyond simple touch and allows rich gestural interaction. Examples include: sliding fingers on the stem of the orchid, detecting touch and grasp location, tracking proximity, and estimating the amount of touch contact between user and a plant.
Watch the incredible demonstration video below, and for more information, visit DisneyResearch.com