Technology: A Garden of Robotic Delights

The flowers in Cynthia Breazeal's garden are like no blossoms you've ever seen. Fashioned of metal and silicone and embedded with electronic sensors, they are actually robots that react to light and body heat by bobbing, swaying, spinning and changing color. Put your hand in front of one, and its petals contract into a bud and turn bright green or red. Stand near another, and notice how the soft, ambient music in the background changes pitch. Now showing at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York City, through January 2004, Cyberflora Installation was created by Breazeal, a professor of media...

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