From the roots, to the trunk & branches - A tree that makes sound.
July 15, 2015
The technology is simple: by attaching an exciter-transducer to the base of the tree, it can channel vibrations through the roots, trunk and branches – similar to bone conduction. The sound selection can be wirelessly controlled from a linked tablet.
MIT are showing off a tree that makes all kinds of noises. They call it a ListenTree, and it’s designed to encourage people to get up close and personal with trees. And maybe even make them into tree huggers.
This ficus tree has been upgraded with simple technology that results in smiles on people’s faces.
You can hear a little bit of sound from a few meters away, enough to prompt you to lean in under the branches and put your ear to the trunk. The tree plays music or ambient sounds from urban and natural environments.