Flower Power Gadget Turns Plants Into Amplifiers

TOKYO (Reuters) – People who like talking to their plants can now enjoy a musical accompaniment, thanks to a Japanese invention that turns petals and leaves into amplifiers.

Called the “Flower Speaker Amplifiers,” the gadget made by Let’s Corp is hidden in a vase or a potted plant and sends music at just the right frequency to vibrate up the stems and then be converted into audible sound by the plant as a whole.

A device such as a CD player or radio can be connected to it.

“Anywhere where you would want music naturally integrated with a natural surrounding,” said Hirohiko Okugawa, a manager at Let’s, referring to locations for the device, which he expects it to be popular for hotels and hospital lobbies.

The inventor of the gadget, Keiji Koga, said: “We are finally able to experience plants and flowers with all five of our natural senses.”

The firm expects to begin selling the speakers by mid-August for 5,000 yen ($46) to 50,000 yen depending on the plant’s size.

And according to Koga, music is also good for the plants, which are invigorated by the constant musical vibes.