Robot Guides Soybean Plant To Light

by Karin Heineman, Inside Science

What happens when you combine a soybean plant with a robot?

You get a soybot!

Developed by researchers at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, they’re on-the-go micro gardens that help indoor plants seek out light.

“They’re equipped with two sensors that measure light conditions, they move continually in the direction of the brighter light,” said Shannon McMullen, a sociologist at Purdue. Learn more and see a video below.

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We suspect that artists Carles Bel and Jesus Bel of the Bel & Bel studio-workshop are secretly Jawas because they designed an awesome vinyl skin that transforms a humble Roomba into R2-D2. These little vacuums are already robots, but with the simple application of a set of stickers, now they can be pretend to be one of the most famous droids in the universe. It’s a Roomba’s dream come true.

[via Technabob]