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This robotic sunflower's LED seeds will cure you of that spitting habit in no time


We've performed some very careful, scientific research on the movement of sunflowers that one time on lunch break where we stared at a sunflower for four or five minutes, and let us tell you: it's pretty boring. Mix in robotics, however, and things start to get a bit more interesting -- no roasting required. Himawari the robotic sunflower, developed at Kyushu University in Japan, is a bit of interactive art which can track people with an IR camera, point itself in their direction and blink on its LED lights if they wave hello. Not exactly at the forefront of robot research, but it is pretty dang cute. An adorable video is after the break.

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