In the Future, Your Plant Sings to You

Supposedly plants like it when you sing to them, at least according to 1970s New Agey lore. But now that we live in the future, your plants will become speakers, pumping music out through their leaves. Today in Tokyo, avionic engineer Keiji Koga showed off his "Flora Art Speaker," a device he's been working on for years that turns plant leaves into stereo speakers. How does it work?

The leaves tremble with vibrations, much the same way typical speakers do. Koga sticks the leaves into a magnet and coil at the base of this vase (pictured below), and hooks it up to a CD player. The magnet and coil relay sound up through the stems, and the leaves vibrate out a sound. No word yet on how good the sound quality is. Photos via AP.


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