AGRITECH BOOM – How Swiss drones and robots are changing farming

Publication date: April 22, 2020

By: Clare O’Dea

Remote sensing, big data, artificial intelligence and robotics are being integrated into everyday farm management.

To read about two exciting Swiss ag-tech start-ups click on this link: SwissInfo

INARTIS NETWORK: Helping Vivent Accelerate Innovation

Publication date: September 1 2019

Over 130 R&D projects launched. Over CHF 50 million in public funding secured. Those are the achievements of INARTIS NETWORK in a few words. Yet it has done more. It has enabled its innovators to turn R&D project into reality. Read about Vivent’s success story.

When stressed by pests, diseases or environmental factors, plants emit tiny electrical signals. If a cost-effective system could capture, analyse and translate those signals automatically, crop researchers, growers and suppliers could use the data to boost crop yields, reduce crop losses or use less crop protection. Vivent Sàrl, a pioneer in harnessing biosignals, and its partner Agroscope, the Swiss centre of excellence for agricultural research, are working on such a system. In 2017, they turned to INARTIS NETWORK for innovation advice and support.

To read about how INARTIS worked with Vivent click on this link: INARTIS Success Stories

Swiss start-ups at the forefront of ‘green tech’

Publication date: July 3 2019

ecoRobotix, Vivent and AgroSustain all began life in Switzerland but have set their sights beyond our borders. These start-up companies have been working with the scientific community to develop technological innovations that enable more sustainable farming practices. This is a portrait of three Swiss start-ups at the forefront of ‘green tech’.

ecoRobotixVivent and AgroSustain have risen to the challenge of combining innovation, economic growth and environmental protection. These young companies are active in the ‘green tech’ market, which emerged around ten years ago, developing environmentally friendly technological solutions. One of the keys to the success of these ‘green’ start-ups has undoubtedly been their ability to rally a number of private and public partners. Agroscope, the Confederation’s centre of excellence in agricultural research, is collaborating with ecoRobotix, Vivent and AgroSustain to design green innovations that could revolutionise agri-food production.

To read the full article follow this link:  Swiss start ups at the forefront of “green tech”

Smart Farming: technology for agriculture

Publication date: May 29 2019

Technology for agriculture is changing how we produce food and we know about plants and animals.

This short TV program describes innovations in both plant and animal science that are leading to deeper understanding of the health of both plants and animals. Real-time sensors monitor how, in this case tomatoes and cows, are responding to their environments.

Watch this exciting TV clip:   RTS- Couleurs-Locales Smart Farming

Wearable electronics reveal the secret lives of plants

Publication date: July 17 2018

Faint bioelectrical signals emitted by plants can be used to monitor their needs thanks to EU-funded researchers developing novel biosensors.

Plants may appear to do nothing, but in fact they are actively sensing and responding to a wide range of environmental stimuli such as light levels, temperature, gas concentrations, soil chemistry and humidity, the presence of insects or mammals and other conditions.

Many plants use transient electrical signals to control the speed of photosynthesis or respiration, the rate or direction of growth, the emission of chemicals as a defence against herbivores, and other physiological responses. Scientists have known about these signals for many years but they have not been practically applied because of difficulties in measuring them, as they are tiny relative to background electromagnetic interference.

The Horizon 2020 PhytlSigns project has achieved a breakthrough by creating a low-cost, real-time plant monitoring device based on bioelectrical signals. “PhytlSigns is the first ‘wearable’ for plants, harnessing electrical signals and translating them into digital form before visualising them for further analysis. By amplifying plant signals and reducing background noise researchers and growers can measure activity in response to changing conditions,” says project coordinator Carrol Plummer.

Read more about this exciting H2020 project at  Cordis – Community Research and Development Information Service

Un nouveau projet CTI pour l’école dans le domaine de l’électrophysiologie végétale

Publication date: April 18 2018

par Marco Mazza de Haute école d’ingénierie et d’architecture de Fribourg

Non, ce n’est pas de la science-fiction. On apprenait récemment dans la presse que la DARPA – agence américaine chargée du développement de nouvelles technologies destinées à un usage militaire – entend modifier la physiologie des végétaux afin de rendre ceux-là capables de détecter des menaces chimiques, biologiques, radiologiques et nucléaires, ainsi que les ondes électromagnétiques.

L’idée est de développer des capteurs sensibles à certains stimuli qui pourront transmettre ces signaux à distance. «Pour concrétiser le projet, apprenait-on dans Le Matin, du 6 décembre 2017, la DARPA cherche à s’entourer de partenaires spécialistes en la matière. La start-up vaudoise Vivent, connue pour son système permettant de faire «parler» les plantes» a répondu à l’appel. Elle a déjà collaboré avec la DARPA «pour un programme de recherche qui porte sur la communication via ondes radio entre des organismes vivants, se félicite sa fondatrice Carrol Plummer. Je pense que c’est notre technologie unique de monitoring des plantes qui a suscité l’intérêt des Américains.»

Dans ce contexte, la CTI a décidé de soutenir le projet PISA – Platform applying Intelligent Signal Analysis to Gain Insights to Plant Electrophysiology, dont notre école est partenaire, via son institut iPrint et le prof. Marco Mazza. Le projet de recherche utilise des techniques d’exploration de données pour analyser les signaux collectés par un biocapteur innovant en électrophysiologie végétale, permettant aux scientifiques et aux professionnels de mieux comprendre le développement des plantes et leurs réponses aux stimuli de leur environnement.

Le rôle des chercheurs fribourgeois consistera à développer un système analogique ultrasensible capable de détecter les signaux générés par les plantes et de le transférer à une unité centrale pour le traitement de l’information.

Read more about research at iPrint on their mobile App  HEIA-FR R&D

Les plantes parlent, la HEIG-VD tente de les comprendre

Publication date: February 26 2018

par Laureline Duvillard

Une équipe de la Haute Ecole d’Ingénierie et de gestion s’apprete a décrypter la communication vegetal

HEIG-VD a décroché un projet de recherche dans le domaine des sciences et technologies du vivant, en partenariat avec la start-up vaudoise Vivent, le centre de compétence de la Confédération suisse pour la recherche agricole (Agroscope) et la Haute Ecole d’Ingénierie et d’Architecture de Fribourg (HEIA-FR).

Elles ne font aucun bruit. Et pourtant, les plantes sont loquaces. Via de minuscules signaux électriques transmis entre leurs cellules, elles expriment leur état de santé, leur stress, leur bien-être, comme les menaces qui pèsent sur elles. Le problème? Si les premières recherches sur ces signaux datent de plus de 100 ans, le langage des plantes reste encore en grande partie incompris. Interpréter la parole végétale et la traduire, tel sera dès le mois de mars l’objectif d’une équipe de la Haute École d’ingénierie et de gestion du canton de Vaud. Ceci dans le cadre d’un projet de recherche de dix-huit mois, budgeté à 500’000 francs et cofinancé par la Confédération et l’entreprise vaudoise Vivent. Et auquel collaborent également l’Agroscope et la Haute École d’ingénierie et d’architecture de Fribourg.

«Avec l’aide de l’intelligence artificielle, nous allons analyser une grande masse de données pour identifier des modèles de communication, remarque la professeure, Laura Elena Raileanu, directrice du groupe transversal santé, ingénierie et gestion. On voit par exemple que les plants de tomates réagissent chimiquement aux attaques d’acariens en rendant leurs feuilles amères. Si nous arrivons à identifier en amont les signaux d’alarme émis par les plants, nous pourrions prévenir ces attaques.»

Les données sur lesquelles se penchera la HEIG, proviennent de l’entreprise Vivent. Cette dernière a développé un appareil inédit qui permet, grâce à des capteurs, fixé sur une feuille et dans la terre, d’amplifier les signaux électriques, pour les convertir en signaux digitaux. «Nous savons que les plantes parlent, notre but est maintenant de prouver scientifiquement qu’elles communiquent entre elles et de les comprendre, souligne Carrol Plummer, fondatrice de Vivent. Par exemple, une étude montre qu’en Afrique, les acacias émettent un signal d’alarme lorsque les antilopes s’attaquent à leurs feuilles. Non seulement ces dernières produisent du tannin en quantité létale pour les antilopes, mais l’arbre relâche alors de l’éthylène, avertissant ses congénères, dont les feuilles deviennent mortelles en cinq à dix minutes.»

Au-delà du domaine de l’agriculture et du jardinage, le projet de recherche pourrait également entraîner des avancées dans les systèmes de communication. «Nous postulons qu’à l’instar des plantes, les êtres humains produisent des signaux électriques non neuronaux. Si nous arrivons à déceler les modèles de communication des végétaux, nous pourrions donc nous en inspirer pour optimiser nos propres systèmes, comme les smartphones», conclut Carrol Plummer.

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Comprendre ce que disent les plantes

Publication date: February 9 2018

par HEIG-VD

La HEIG-VD a décroché un projet de recherche dans le domaine des sciences et technologies du vivant, en partenariat avec la start-up vaudoise Vivent, le centre de compétence de la Confédération suisse pour la recherche agricole (Agroscope) et la Haute Ecole d’Ingénierie et d’Architecture de Fribourg (HEIA-FR).

Il s’agit d’un projet Innosuisse sur l’électrophysiologie des plantes en serre à la suite d’une étude préliminaire prometteuse. Il a été signé initialement avec la start-up vaudoise Vivent, active dans le domaine des technologies de monitoring des plantes.

L’idée de base provient de la Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), entité dépendant du Département de la défense aux Etats-Unis, qui prévoit, à terme, d’utiliser le mode de communication des plantes pour détecter et recevoir un signal d’alarme en cas de menace chimique, biologique, radiologique, nucléaire, mais aussi électromagnétique. Vivent a déjà reçu une subvention de la DARPA pour un programme de recherche qui porte sur la communication via ondes radio entre des organismes vivants.

L’agence a tout d’abord fait appel à Vivent pour sa technologie unique au monde de monitoring de plantes. C’est ensuite sa fondatrice, Mme Carrol Plummer, qui a initié la collaboration avec Agroscope, la HEIA-FR et l’équipe de l’Institut des Technologies de l’Information et de la Communication (IICT) de la HEIG-VD.

La contribution de la HEIG-VD

Plus de doute, les plantes communiquent bel et bien entre elles pour se défendre et contrer les prédateurs, ou encore pour prévenir d’éventuels dangers. De récentes études tendent à prouver que les végétaux savent développer des stratégies et alerter les sujets environnants d’un danger imminent en émettant des signaux électriques.

Read more in HEIG-VD’s newsletter HEIG-VD Actualites

CTI funding for a study on plant electrophysiology

Publication date: December 20 2017

par Agroscope Conthey

Agroscope received the support of the Commission for Technology and Innovation CTI for the project on the electrophysiology of greenhouse plants together with three partner organizations. The basis for this was a promising preliminary study. 

Cédric Camps of the group “greenhouse cultures” will carry out the study together with the Swiss startup Vivent , which produces innovative biosensors. Other contributors are Dr Marco Mazza of the University of Applied Sciences Freiburg HES Friborg and Dr Laura-Elena Raileanu of the HEIG-VD .

The four organizations will investigate plant physiology in this project by recording electrical signals from plants. For the interpretation of this data, high technology used in medicine for data acquisition and modeling will be used. The goals of the study are:

  • the development of a multi-channel electrophysiological receiver device,
  • its use for detecting electrical signals from greenhouse plants,
  • the evaluation of the data by means of suitable algorithms to characterize the stimuli of the plants,
  • the first concrete results of this innovative new tool for practical use with greenhouse crops (fertilization, pests, etc.)

Thanks to this project, Agroscope will gain valuable new knowledge in plant physiology, tackling one of the great challenges of specialty crops: managing a greenhouse culture in real time thanks to non-destructive monitoring.

Read more on Agroscope’s webpage Agroscope News

ETATS-UNIS L’ARMÉE VEUT CRÉER LA PLANTE-ESPION

Publication date: December 6 2017

par Alexandra Brutsch

Le Pentagone cherche à élaborer des végétaux génétiquement modifiés capables d’identifier des menaces. Une start-up romande tente de se greffer au projet.

Plus facile à déployer qu’une armada d’agents, plus discrète qu’un chien policier et plus esthétique qu’un portique de détection, la plante verte pourrait devenir un nouvel élément-clé pour garantir notre sécurité.

C’est du moins ce que prévoit la DARPA, l’agence américaine chargée du développement de nouvelles technologies destinées à un usage militaire. L’entité, qui dépend du Département de la défense, est à l’origine de nombre d’inventions ayant eu un retentissement majeur dans le monde entier comme Internet, le GPS et les prévisions météo.

Menaces chimiques et nucléaires

Avec son nouveau projet de plantes-espions, sobrement intitulé «Programme Technologies végétales avancées», la DARPA entend modifier la physiologie des végétaux afin de rendre ceux-là capables de détecter des menaces chimiques, biologiques, radiologiques et nucléaires, ainsi que les ondes électromagnétiques. L’idée est de développer des capteurs sensibles à certains stimuli qui pourront transmettre ces signaux à distance. «Les plantes peuvent facilement être installées partout, sont largement répandues et n’ont pas besoin d’alimentation externe», expliquent les initiateurs du programme.

Lisez l’article a LeMatin 

UNITED STATES ARMY WANTS TO CREATE SPY-PLANT

Publication date: December 6 2017

Alexandra Brutsch

The Pentagon is seeking to develop genetically modified plants that can identify threats. A French-speaking Swiss start-up is trying to join the project.

Easier to deploy than an armada of agents, more discreet than a police dog and more aesthetic than a portal of detection, the green plant could become a new key element to guarantee our safety.

This is at least what DARPA, the US agency for the development of new technologies for military use, provides. The entity, which depends on the Department of Defence, is at the origin of many inventions that have had a major impact worldwide such as the Internet, GPS and weather forecasts.

With its new plant-spying project, simply titled “Advanced Plant Technologies Program”, DARPA intends to modify the physiology of plants to make them capable of detecting chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats, as well as electromagnetic waves. The idea is to develop sensors sensitive to certain stimuli that can transmit these signals from a distance. “Plants can easily be installed everywhere, are widely used and do not require external power,” say the program’s initiators.

Read the full article featuring Vivent in LeMatin 

The Secrets of Trees – Le secret des arbres

Publication date: October 26 2017

Raphaële Schapira and Vincent Barral

They communicate, help each other, defend themselves, they even move! Trees have a real form of intelligence. And now it’s a scientific certainty. Trees occupy nearly a third of the land surface of the planet. Essential to our survival, they are also our best allies in the face of global warming. Yet we know almost nothing about them. Far from being frozen in their plant world, trees actually have a much richer life than we imagine. This is the thesis defended by a German forester whose book, The Secret Life of Trees (ed., The Arena) has become a worldwide success, translated into 32 languages. From thousand-year-old beech forests in Germany, to forest therapy centers in Japan, to INRA laboratories that study plant sensitivity, travel to the heart of the secret and fascinating universe of trees.

Ils communiquent, s’entraident, se défendent, ils bougent même ! Les arbres sont dotés d’une véritable forme d’intelligence. Et c’est désormais une certitude scientifique. Les arbres occupent près d’un tiers de notre territoire et des terres émergées de la planète. Indispensables à notre survie, ils sont aussi nos meilleurs alliés face au réchauffement climatique. Pourtant, nous ignorons presque tout d’eux. Loin d’être figés dans leur monde végétal, les arbres ont en fait une vie bien plus riche qu’il n’y paraît. C’est la thèse défendue par un forestier allemand dont le livre, La Vie secrète des arbres (éd. Les Arènes) est devenu un succès planétaire, traduit en 32 langues. Des forêts de hêtres millénaires d’Allemagne jusqu’aux centres de thérapie forestière du Japon, en passant par les laboratoires de l’INRA qui étudient la sensibilité végétale, voyage au cœur de l’univers secret et fascinant des arbres.

Un reportage de Raphaële Schapira et Vincent Barral diffusé dans “Envoyé spécial” le 26 octobre.

Watch the program including footage showing Phytl Signs in action at about 9 minutes on EnvoyeSpecial 

Тайная жизнь растений – The Secret Life of Plants

Publication date: November 1 2017

Роман Фишман

Листья «кричат», цветы «слышат», а деревья в лесу общаются через собственный «интернет» — надо только знать, как заглянуть в их тайную жизнь.

The leaves “scream”, the flowers “hear”, and the trees in the forest communicate through their own “Internet” – one only needs to know how to look into their secret life.  This article in the widely read Russian magazine discusses plant communication and mentions Phytl Signs.

We are all chauvinists. Considering ourselves the pinnacle of evolution, we distribute all living things in a hierarchy in terms of the degree of closeness to ourselves. Plants are so unlike us that they seem to be not quite alive. No accounts are given to the Noah’s biblical account of their salvation on board the ark. Modern vegans do not consider it shameful to deprive them of their lives, and fighters against the exploitation of animals are not interested in “plant rights”. In fact, they do not have a nervous system, eyes and ears, they can not hit or run away. All this makes plants different – but not inferior. They do not lead the passive existence of a “vegetable”, but they feel the surrounding world and react to what is happening around. In the words of Professor Jack Schultz, “plants are just very slow animals.”

Read the full article including comments about Phytl Signs in Russia’s version of Popular Mechanics Elementy.ru 

La sfida di nuovi metodi di coltivazione e di packaging

Publication date: April 26 2017

L’automazione in agricoltura
Le nuove tecnologie stanno cambiando il modo in cui il cibo è e sarà prodotto. Basta pensare ai robot specializzati nella raccolta, ai macchinari agricoli ad alta precisione, al monitoraggio del suolo e delle piante con sensori nel suolo: negli ultimi decenni l’agricoltura ha subito cambiamenti fondamentali.
L’analisi dei big data aiuta a stimare le quantità necessarie di specifici prodotti, facilitando l’ottimizzazione della produzione e riducendo i rifiuti alimentari.
I rischi? Se si enfatizzano troppo l’origine naturale della frutta o l’esperienza dei frutticoltori, l’immagine dell’agricoltura basata sulla tecnologia può essere difficilmente allineata alle aspettative emotive dei consumatori.
Tra gli esempi portati dallo studio: Openag.media.mit.edu/hardware, una piattaforma tecnologica nella quale i sistemi robotizzati sono impiegati in camere specializzate per monitorare il clima, l’energia e la crescita delle piante; Farmbot.io, un robot agricolo completamente automatizzato in grado di piantare e irrigare, il cui software è gratuito al 100%, permettendo a chiunque di beneficiarne; Phytl Signs che, contrariamente ad altri sistemi che controllano il suolo e la radiazione solare, elabora direttamente i segnali delle pianta e informa l’utente sul livello di stress dovuto a qualsiasi malattia.

Read the full article including comments about Phytl Signs in Italia Fruit

ORIGIN OF SOUND TECHNOLOGY IN AGRICULTURE

Publication date: May 13 2017

Electromagnetic technology is based upon the fundamental physics concept that tiny particles, such as electrons and atoms, may also behave like waves. This has been known for almost a century, but early work in agriculture was largely neglected by agriculture research, possibly because of the quick success of technologies focusing on mineral fertilizers and chemical crop protection. However, promising experiments over the last decades have sparked a renewed interest in electromagnetics in plants and animals.

Read the full article including comments about Phytl Signs in Gaia Campus

7 Unexpected Swiss Start-Ups

Publication date: February 2 2017

Switzerland is home to a high-quality start-up environment. In line with the country’s long-standing and traditional strengths in engineering, biotechnology, medical technology and financial services, many Swiss start-ups within those sectors seek to develop creative solutions in the technology sector.

But of course, Swiss ingenuity, creativity and know-how are not limited to any industrial sector. Numerous aspiring entrepreneurs are also finding innovative solutions and offering efficient services in sectors not commonly associated with Switzerland, thereby highlighting the nature of a truly diverse and vibrant start-up environment. Here are seven examples: which is your favourite ‘unusual’ Swiss start-up?

Read more including comments about Phytl Signs in House of Switzerland

Hack and flack pair launch ‘sharing economy’ comms agency

By Robert Smith  Publication date: October 31 2016

Former Edelman Australia and Sciterion PR consultant Eve Laird and freelance journalist Eleanor Tucker have launched Rude Communications, a UK start-up agency that will focus on clients (including Vivent SARL) involved in the sharing economy.

The sharing economy sees people and organisations collaborating with their stakeholders to create and ‘rent out’ products and business models that are environmentally, socially and economically sustainable – Uber and AirBnB are often cited as the foremost examples.

Read more including comments about Phytl Signs in PR Week

The Growing Edge – This new device measures plants’ electric activity

By Cassie Neiden  Publication date: October 2016

What happens when a team of engineers specializing in electronic signals takes an interest in plants? The result is Phytl Signs, a device that digitally processes plant electricity and converts those signals to a computer or mobile platform via Bluetooth in the form of a data set.

The product, an invention of the Switzerland-based technology company Vivent, utilizes a sensor that looks similar to the one that takes your pulse at the hospital. The sensor is attached to a single leaf of a plant’s foliage, and its purpose is to detect changes in the environment that the plant notices and reacts to in the form of electrical activity.

Read the full article in: Greenhouse Management Magazine

Phytl Signs Device: A Review

By Jane Perrone  Publication date: 3 October 2016

How do you know whether a plant is thriving? If you look closely enough, often enough, there are plenty of signals: are the leaves droopy or firm? Is the soil bone dry or sopping wet? Are the flowers perky or falling? Is the plant deep green or fading to yellow? My plants may not be able to speak to me, but the more I spend time with a plant and get to know it, the more this simple semaphore is revealed to me.

When I got the chance to try out a new gadget called PhytlSigns (see what they did there?) I wasn’t sure what to expect. The catchline is “be a plant communication pioneer”.  I am not an early adopter of technology: I was still carrying around a brick of a mobile when everyone else was using iPhones.

Read the full interview on: Jane Perrone’s blog

Parlare con le piante? Ora si può, con Phytl Signs e Project Florence

By Jessica Palese | Ninja Marketing  Publication date: 2 September 2016

Capire cosa comunicano le piante attraverso Phytl Signs potrà rivelarsi interessante per studi sull’ambiente, la sostenibilità e il futuro della produzione alimentare

Chi ama le piante ma non ha il pollice verde potrà presto contare su appositi wearable per “ascoltarle”.

I ricercatori della Vivent SARL hanno infatti creato Phytl Signs, un dispositivo che amplifica i segnali elettrici emessi dalle piante in risposta all’ambiente.

Read the full interview on: Ninja Marketing

Merkwürdig: von obdachlosen IT-Beratern und Pokémon Go

By Fabien Poschl | CE Today  Publication date: 6 September 2016

In unserer Rubrik Merkwürdig verlinken wir Kurioses und Interessantes aus dem ICT-Universum.

Der Pflanzen-Dolmetscher
Gedeiht die Topfpflanze gut? Ist das Gewächs ruhig, aktiv oder gar gestresst? Das “Phytl Signs Explorer”-Device weiss es. Das Gadget mit dem sperrigen Namen misst mit Elektroden an den Blättern oder am Stamm die elektrischen Signale, die Pflanzen abgeben, wie Pressetext berichtet. Anschliessend zeigt es die Informationen am Smartphone an. Das Schweizer Unternehmen Vivent lancierte eine Kickstarter-Kampagne für seinen Pflanzen-Dolmetscher. Die Aussagekraft solch eines Geräts ist aber begrenzt, wie Zukunftsforscher Ulrich Reinhardt von der BAT-Stiftung für Zukunftsfragen gegenüber Pressetext sagt. Er sieht aber dennoch einen Nutzen. “Was das Tamagotchi in den 1990er-Jahren war, könnte der Phytl Signs Explorer in der Gegenwart sein. Der Besitzer erhält Statusmeldungen und kümmert sich entsprechend um seine Pflanze”, sagt er. Diese Zuwendung schaffe Verantwortung, die vielen ein gutes Gefühl gebe.

Read the full interview on: CE Today

El dispositivo que permite comunicarse con las plantas

By Laur Bernal | RCN radio  Publication date: 27 July 2016

Carrol Plummer Co- Fundadora de Vivent, la empresa que creo PhytlSigns, un dispositivo que por medio de la medición del voltaje emitido por las plantas puede determinar qué está pasando con el vegetal, habla en Sala Internacional con Laura Bernal y Daniel Faura sobre cómo es posible establecer comunicación con estos seres orgánicos.

Hear the full interview on: rcnradio.com

Talking to plants with wearables

Digital Catapult Centre  Publication date: 21 July 2016

Does talking to plants really help them grow? Trying to debunk this myth and improve communication between plants and humans is Phytl Signs, designers of the world’s first wearables for plants…

Read the full article on: digitalcatapultcentre.org.uk

Converser avec sa plante verte

Alexandra Brutsch | Le Matin  Publication date: 14 July 2016

Une start-up vaudoise a mis au point une machine qui fait parler les plantes. Assoiffés, délaissés, envahis de parasites? Vos cactus vous diront tout. Nous avons testé…

Read the full article on: lematin.com

Shhh. Listen close. Your plants are talking to you.

Jason Fell | Entrepreneur  Publication date: 08 July 2016

That’s what researchers at Vivent SARL think, anyway. The Switzerland-based company has developed something they call Phytl Signs — a “wearable” device for plants.

Read the full article on: entrepreneur.com

“Wearable” for plants to let you converse with a chrysanthemum

John Anderson | Gizmag  Publication date: 06 July 2016

Houseplants have never been known as great conversationalists, but it’s possible we just can’t hear what they’re saying. Swiss company, Vivent SARL, is hoping to rectify that with its Phytl Signs device that picks up the tiny electrical signals emitted by plants and broadcasts them through a speaker. The ultimate goal is to translate what the plants are actually “saying.”

Read the full article on: www.gizmag.com

PhytlSigns lets you tune in to ‘plant-talk’

Edwin | Coolest Gadgets  Publication date: 04 July 2016

That’s what researchers at Vivent SARL think, anyway. The Switzerland-based company has developed something they call Phytl Signs — a “wearable” device for plants.

Read the full article on: coolest-gadgets.com

An Institution member is one of the people behind a new technology that interprets plants’ signals.

Institution of Mechanical Engineers   Publication date: 01 July 2016

Institution member, Dr Nigel Wallbridge PhD MIMechE MBA, is the executive director of Swiss-based company Vivent Sarl, which develops medical solutions and plant monitoring systems…

Read the full article on: imeche.org

Want to know what your plants are SAYING? Device lets you hear flowers talk by picking up the signals sent through their leaves

By Abigail Beall | Mailonline    Publication date: 01 July 2016

If someone told you they were listening to their plants talking to them, you might think they were mad.
But plants do give out tiny electrical signals, helping them communicate, they are just very faint and difficult to detect…

Read the full article on: dailymail.co.uk

This Device Lets You Listen to What Your Plants are Saying

By Jamie A.  |  Techtree   Publication date: 01 July 2016

There’s a device that allows you to “listen” to what your plants are telling you.
PhytlSigns amplifies the electrical signals that plants emit, allowing people to hear them through a speaker attached to the device and see them through a mobile app…

Read the full article on: natureworldnews.com

Ever since I watched  “The Apple Trees” in Wizard of  Oz talking to Dorothy, I spent my entire childhood wondering would trees actually talk and what would they say if they could talk?

By Saumya Soman  |  Techtree   Publication date: 01 July 2016

Scientific innovations have changed the course of mankind and this planet…

Read the full article on: nieuws.ondh.nl

A Fitbit… for plants?

By Alexandra Sweny  |  WRLWND   Publication date: 01 July 2016

You’ve heard of wearables: watches that track activity levels, sheets that map sleep patterns, armbands that measure body temperature – and the list goes on. Now, a Swiss company is attempting to develop a wearable for plants. You heard right – plants….

Read the full article on: wrlwnd.com

Listen to what your plants are ‘saying’ through this device!

Z-News   Publication date: 01 July 2016

New Delhi: It is said that talking to your plants will help them grow faster. But what if they talk back to you?…

Read the full article on: znews.india.com

Plant listening device founder launches Kickstarter campaign

Matthew Appleby  | Horticulture Week | Publication date: 30 June 2016

Plants emit electrical signals in response to their environment, and PhytlSigns amplifies these signals, allowing people to hear them though a speaker attached to the device and see them through an app on a phone or tablet…

Read the full article on: hortweek.com

SMF Nigel Wallbridge launches Kickstarter campaign for new technology that lets plants communicate with you

Sainsbury Management Fellows  |  Publication date: 30 June 2016

PhytlSigns – an innovative and unique piece of wearable tech for plants, is a plant monitor unlike any other – because it specifically listens in to what the plant itself is communicating rather than simply measuring the air temperature or the soil around it…

Read the full article on: www.smf.org.uk

Plants Do Talk – PhytlSigns Lets Us Listen In

ONDH   Publication date: 30 June 2016

Swiss company launches new technology that lets your plants communicate with you – and
the possibilities are far reaching….

Read the full article on: nieuws.ondh.nl

Znate li što vam vaša biljka pokušava reći? Poslušajte

By B.R.  |  tportal   Publication date: 30 June 2016

Mogu li biljke na neki način čuti okolne zvukove i reagirati na njih? Proizvode li zvukove koje ljudsko uho ne može čuti? Na koji način uopće komuniciraju s okolinom?…

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Wonder what your plants are ‘saying’? Device lets you listen in

By Penny Sarchet  |  New Scientist   Publication date: 30 June 2016

I’m concentrating at my computer when my peace lily lets out a wail. It’s a wavering electric howl that finishes as abruptly as it began. But what does it mean?…

Read the full article on: newscientist.com