Rise of the ‘robo-plants’ as Singapore scientists fuse nature with tech

Publication date 06 April 2021 | 21:42 | ICT

Remote-controlled Venus flytrap “robo-plants” and crops that tell farmers when they are hit by disease could become reality after scientists developed a high-tech system for communicating with vegetation.



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    Thu, 29 Oct 2020 | 11:03

    Try Sokche and his wife Chenda started tinkering with cow and buffalo horns discarded near their home in Prey Veng. It takes years to master the skill of crafting the horns and several days to finish a single piece.

  • Local animators go for gold in Japan

    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 | 09:40

    In a barren village where trees and plants wither under the hot sun, a lone girl decides to make a change and plant a tree.

  • Translation tools, air purifiers: face masks go high-tech

    Wed, 21 Oct 2020 | 09:54

    From monitoring vital signs to filtering filthy air and even translating speech into other languages, the coronavirus-fuelled boom in mask-wearing has spawned an unusual range of high-tech face coverings.

  • High-tech on frontlines of disaster prevention

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 | 09:44

    Tep Machcha, which means ‘mermaid’ in Khmer, is neither fish nor man – it’s a water gauge designed to give people living nearby waterways early warnings when floods are imminent.

  • Serving coffee with a side of robots

    Thu, 15 Oct 2020 | 08:59

    The eye-catching glass building surrounded by greenery at the intersection of Streets 371 and 2002 in Phnom Penh’s Sen Sok district is more than just another coffee shop where you can while away a few hours.

  • Rugby-playing robots face off in capital

    Tue, 13 Oct 2020 | 10:25

    Ahead of the 2020 Cambodia National Rugby Championship on October 31 at RCAF Old Stadium, robots created by 10 college teams showcased their ability to pass and shoot in front of a crowd of about 400 facemask-wearing spectators who greeted each goal with cheers and applause.

  • Turning discarded horns from trash to treasure

    Tue, 29 Sep 2020 | 09:58

    When people started dumping rubbish around Kourn Chenda’s and Try Sokchen’s home in Prey Veng province, the couple ignored it at first.

  • Educated yet amoral: AI learns to write books

    Thu, 3 Sep 2020 | 09:42

    An artificial intelligence (AI) technology made by a firm co-founded by billionaire Elon Musk has won praise for its ability to generate coherent stories, novels and even computer code but it remains blind to racism or sexism.

  • Moto mash-up: Inventor builds tricycles fit for the fast lane

    Tue, 1 Sep 2020 | 10:11

    As a child, Seng Rithy would squeeze onto his parents’ motorbike, competing with heaps of belongings for space, and hold on as the underpowered machine attempted to keep a straight line.

  • Official builds coolers to aid farmers, vendors

    Tue, 11 Aug 2020 | 10:09

    While a tropical climate enables farmers to enjoy plenty of crops, it can be a curse when the fruits of their labour rot in the humidity before they make it to market.