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.


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).


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.


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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