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New York Times on Botanicalls, Again!


Another great article called Gadgets to Help Tend a Garden in The New York Times today. Roxie Hammill and Mike Hendricks review a variety of technology solutions for home gardening, including our own:

Botanicalls, a collaboration among artists and technologists, has designed a do-it-yourself kit with a sensor that goes into the dirt to measure moisture. When it gets too dry, the plant posts, “Water me please.” And it will send out a polite thank you when you respond.

“We didn’t want it to be like that person who only calls when he wants something,” said Robert Faludi, a professor at the School of Visual Arts in New York and in the Interactive Telecommunications program at New York University. The kit is for sale at for $100.

The goal was to encourage a happy relationship between plants and people. “A lot of people are afraid of plants. They’re afraid whatever they do the plant is going to die. This makes it possible for them to have a plant in their lives where they might not otherwise,” Mr. Faludi said.

Read more about Gadgets to Help Tend a Garden.

Posted on April 25th, 2013 by Rob Faludi. Filed under Press.


Botanicalls in New York Times

Lovely Sunday New York Times article about Botanicalls and plants underlying native communication methods by Diane Ackerman. It includes what we believe to be the first published use in lower case of “botanicalling.” Maybe this signals our entry into the American lexicon?

Posted on November 16th, 2011 by Rob Faludi. Filed under Press.


Wired Magazine Declares Botanicalls “Awesome”

Botanicalls is first in the list of Wired Magazine’s “21 Awesome DIY Projects” this month! It’s part of a terriifc article that features our friend Limor Fried talking about making stuff. Thanks to Christina Bonnington for including the Botanicalls kits!

Posted on April 4th, 2011 by Rob Faludi. Filed under Press.


Recent Press


Botanicalls was featured in the Winstom-Salem Journal‘s Living Section on February 26th and in the Home Section of the Baltimore Sun on January 27, 2009 and The Hong Kong Standard on February 17, 2009.

Posted on February 23rd, 2009 by kati. Filed under Press.


New Kit Featured in Wired Magazine!

The soon-to-be-released Botanicalls Kit made an appearance in this month’s issue of Wired Magazine. Clive Thompson’s article “Build It. Share It. Profit. Can Open Source Hardware Work?” give the inside scoop on the beloved Arduino and includes comments from our good friends Tom Igoe and Limor Fried. Check out page 172 for a glimpse of the leaf board!

Posted on October 24th, 2008 by Kate. Filed under Press.



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