- Green-fingered gardeners have long espoused the positive
benefits of talking to plants.
- Now a gadget developed in Japan is allowing flowers to
answer back - with music.
- Called Ka-on, which means "flower sound" in
Japanese, the gadget consists of a doughnut-shaped magnet and coil at the
base of a vase.
- It hooks up to a CD player, TV or stereo and relays sounds
up through a plant's stem and out via the petals.
- Happy plants
- The speakers shoot sound in all directions, filling a
room with music.
- The idea is the brainchild of Let's Corp, a Japanese
telecommunications equipment company.
- It plans to develop a flower with a speaker phone to
allow users to carry out conversations with their plants later this month.
- As well as being a novel idea for flower table arrangements
at weddings and reception desks, Ka-on is also being used for concerts
- The Ka-on vases and amplifiers come in various sizes,
priced from £25 to £250.
- President of Let's Corp Masumi Gotoh says that the system
is also beneficial to the plants, keeping bugs off and helping them last
- "The plant is happy listening to music," he
- "Gerberas and sunflowers work especially well as
speakers," he added.
- Surfers are responding to the musical flowers. Some 10,000
orders have been received via the internet and 3,000 have already been
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