Fancy having your own living personal warning system for your health, environment and relationships? The Mixed Reality Lab (MXR) in the National University of Singapore (NUS) might just have the answer for you.
Dubbed the world’s first living plant media, the award-winning Babbage Cabbage which is named after prominent 18th century computer scientist, Charles Babbage, utilizes the natural color change properties in living cabbages for signaling purposes.
The MXR team led by Assoc. Prof. Adrian David Cheok has invented a system to detect and digitalize information from the outside world which then, changes the surrounding pH of the cabbage accordingly. Similar to the hydrangea plant, the pH change will cause colour variations in cabbages.
“Why a living medium? What’s wrong with the current high-tech and sophisticated gadgets?”
The team believes that human beings react differently to living creatures. By using living mediums such as cabbages, the team would be harnessing sentimental human emotions such as empathy. By evoking such empathetic emotions, awareness can be nurtured. Hence, this project is being further developed for social and ecological purposes.
With this revolutionary breakthrough, the NUS research team hopes to spark more creative innovation in this growing scientific field: Harnessing nature towards a more interactive relationship between Man and Mother Nature.
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