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Sonic Bloom: What If Plants Could Talk to Us?

Research Open House 2021

Anushritha Yernool Sunil, MID ‘22 and Archana Ravi, MS Information Experience Design ‘21
Debera Johnson
School of Design, Industrial Design

Sonic Bloom is a soundscape that helps plant owners understand the status of a plant’s health by creating an efficient monitoring system. Using the internet of things, the soundscape behaves as an interface stimulating a deep connection between the plants and their owners.

The soil moisture value and light condition are captured by sensors and converted into a soundscape using a programmed circuit. The sounds produced are based on the acoustics of emotions.

examples of the different features of the app, including the on/off function and colorways to show current plant health
User experience features

An app further enables the customization of these sounds and creates a database for plant owners. This aural feature gives the plants a human-like quality and improves the interaction with and understanding of the natural environment.

Infographic of the cyclical relationship between plant, app, soundscape, and user
Sonic Bloom system diagram