Plant Machete

A machete-wielding plant. From the website of David Bowen, its creator:

This installation enables a live plant to control a machete. plant machete has a control system that reads and utilizes the electrical noises found in a live philodendron. The system uses an open source micro-controller connected to the plant to read varying resistance signals across the plant’s leaves. Using custom software, these signals are mapped in real-time to the movements of the joints of the industrial robot holding a machete.

The Day of the Triffids would have been a gorier novel if the plants had machetes.

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     Posted By: Alex - Mon Feb 13, 2023
     Category: Art | Botany | Weapons

I don't notice but, how do you water it?
Posted by KDP on 02/13/23 at 10:41 AM
. . . and when it starts hacking away on someone?

Police departments have an animal control division to handle dangerous beasties. Who do they call to talk a plant into dropping its weapon?

What's prison for a plant? Do you put it in a pot on the shady side of the building?

I can see it now: police will have to carry a sidearm, a taser, and a spray bottle full of round-up.
Posted by Phideaux on 02/13/23 at 12:13 PM
Answer for KDP: You water it very carefully.
Posted by Virtual in Carnate on 02/14/23 at 12:56 PM
And if it goes wild, you use salt water.
Posted by ges on 02/14/23 at 08:34 PM
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