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Twitter and gardening usually don’t go hand-in-hand, that is, until now.

A London-based company called ecoLogicalStudio created what they call the H.O.R.T.U.S, or Hydro Organisms Responsive To Urban Stimuli. It’s basically a giant garden with bacteria and algae, controlled with computers.

Basically, the garden is a mass of clear, plastic containers filled with water, algae, moss, bacteria, etc. The garden is 100% dependent on personal communication to grow the plants.

One part of the system involves people breathing directly into tubes connected to the plants to help them grow. And the plants aren’t just cool green vines hanging from the ceiling – each plant produces energy.

Each plant also has a QR code on the bag, which can be scanned with a smartphone. The code displays information about the plant, including its current status, and whether or not it needs feeding. Once scanned, the information can be tweeted or shared to friends or fellow gardeners. Let’s say you’re out of the home. You can have a friend come over to watch the plant and send you detailed information about how it’s doing.

Through technology, you can both help and watch your garden grow and flourish. The overall idea with the HORTUS is to engage people in the process of gardening and becoming involved with nature.

In the future, ecoLogicalStudio hopes to take their garden model into urban cities, where plant life communicates with those around it.

Right now, the HORTUS garden is on display at London’s Architectural Association. There’s also a HORTUS interactive website with real-time tweets and streaming information about the plants on display.

This concept is very promising as a means to get people and communities involved with the natural habitats around them.

By combining gardening with some of the technology we use every day, we can promote smarter living without forcing people outside of their comfort zones.

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