Research & Introduction to Arduino, Week 1 – Charlie Camsell & Kyrie Roberts

Exploring senses in the natural world, setting our sights on the phenomenon of Thermotropism – the movement of a plant in response to a change in temperature.

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For example, Rhododendron leaves (above) curl up in colder weather in order to retain moisture in their leaves. In warmer climates their leaves are large, flat oval shapes; however when the temperature drops they roll and become tubular (below).

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Another example is the Mimosa Pudica (below), which rapidly closes its leaves as a form of protection in response to stimuli such as touching, wind, lack of light and drop in temperature.

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We’ve been greatly inspired by this natural phenomenon and are keen to use it in the upcoming project, potentially to create a device that can display the temperate through a visual cue (for example, an object that moves to show when the temperate is below 5°C).

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