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This Robot Planter Follows The Sunlight & Throws Tantrums If You Don’t Water It

Houseplants make our home look pretty, and come in different sizes and shapes. Some of them have the power to eliminate formaldehyde and other chemicals from the air.

Plants clean air, relieve breathing difficulties and boost your creativity. Let’s not forget that your favorite plants have the power to neutralize your stress and give you a good night’s sleep.

Adding something green to your home décor always feels great, right? But, do you water your plants regularly? Some people forget that plants need love, care and water just like you and me. That’s what makes this robot planter so brilliant.

We live in a hectic world, and watering plants is the last thing on our to-do list.

Sun Tianqi, founder of Vingross, was shocked by the dead sunflower he spotted at a flower expo. The plant needed some sunlight to survive.

“In 2014, I went to see a sunflower exhibition and found myself focused on a dead sunflower near a ground of blooms,” Tianqi said.

“The dead flower sat in a place that was always in a shadow. I had no idea how it ended up there or why it died – whether it was because of the lack of sunshine or water – but it was just there, and it was dead. I thought if it could move a little bit, take a 30-feet walk out of the shadow to where the other sunflowers were, it would have lived healthily. But it didn’t.”

That’s how the HEXA Plant was born. It’s a robot planter that “takes your plant for a walk” so it can get enough sunlight.

“Plants are passive. Eternally, inexplicably passive,” Tianqi added. “No matter if they are being cut, bitten, burned or pulled from the earth, or when they lack sunshine, water, or are too hot or cold, they will hold still and take whatever is happening to them.

They have the fewest degrees of freedom among all the creatures in nature. This is simply the default setting that nature gives to plants.”

This robot planter will do the job for you. It will keep your plants alive and happy. It chases both sunny spots and shades. The best part? It throws a tantrum when not provided with enough water.

You can use it to plant a medium-size plant. The robot has infrared sensor, a distance sensor, a 720p camera with night vision, and built-in WiFi and USB ports.

Does it get any better than this? Of course!

Touch the base of your planter and it will “play” with you. It spins around and does its happy dance in the warmest spot of your home.

This is its way of reminding you that you need more vitamin D. The robot crawls to the sunny spot, and spins around to give each leaf enough sun.

“For billions of years, plants have never experienced movement of any kind, not even the simplest movement,” Tianqi wrote on the company’s forum.

“Their whole lives, they stick to where they were born. Do they desire to break their own settings or have a tendency towards this? … With a robotic rover base, plants can experience mobility and interaction.”

The planter is actually a modified version of the standard HEXA item the company offers.

“My intent … is to inspire people to think about the relationship between human technology and natural limitation, and the boundaries between living beings and machine with robotics,” Tianqi explains.

“While at the time of building this, I built it as more of an installation art piece rather than a functional robot. But based on the interest I’m hearing, I see that people are interested in adding robotics into their homes with a product such as this.”

The planter isn’t available at the moment, but you can buy the original HEXA for $949. Would you get one of these?