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September 02, 2010

This Plant Eats Facebook Friends

Feed me with facebook friends If Little Shop of Horrors were written for the digital age, carnivorous plants might feed on Facebook fans and wall posts instead of human blood. Turns out this tech-driven scenario is not a work of musical fiction, but a real-life garden, equipped with a water- and nutrient-delivery system that's triggered by social-media interaction.

Meet Eater, an experiment that's been running for 74 days, was created by design student Bashkim Isai for a course at the University of Queensland, Australia. Its system responds to physical contact as well as online interaction and will "call for quiet time" if it's getting too much stimulation.

With more than 3,500 fans and counting, we imagine the Meet Eater plant won't be starving for attention anytime soon.

--Della Watson

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