Once I fumbled through the book, I was confronted with the reason I braved Times Square on a weekday morning: A truly weird looking plant. Alien really is the only way to describe it, with its tendril-like appendages, neon flowers and scattered glowing bits. It looked a bit droopy though, so just as I would with a normal plant, I gave it a bit of water. In this case, it was by swiping a bit on the Magic Leap touchpad, selecting the watering can tool pouring using the controller.
My Seedling sprung back to life, but then a notification popped up warning me that it was infested with parasites. Time to really get to work. I found the tweezer tool and went about methodically searching for anything that looked odd. That's when I noticed a few parts of the plant that didn't seem to belong. When I moved closer, those off-color portions started to glow. I gently yanked them off with the motion controller, and patted myself on the back for a job well done. Well, sort of — now, my plant looked a bit overgrown. Another notification appeared instructing me to give the plant a trim, so it was time to equip the pruning tool. That's when the bonsai tree connection really became clear.
As I moved around, hunting for dead buds and warped branches, I was surprised by how accurately the Magic Leap Controller tracked its movement in space. I was able to prune between healthy leaves and branches just as easily as I would on a physical plant. (I'm giving myself a bit of gardening credit here.) It certainly worked a lot better than trying to turn the virtual book's pages with my fingers.
Even though my Seedling looked better than ever, it was still hungry. That's when I noticed some orbs floating above the plant, and a notification instructed me to "feed" them to my plant's large, mouth-like flower. Again, the tweezers came out. I plucked the orbs, offered them up to my Seedling, and watched as it absorbed each point of light. It was like feeding fireflies to a Venus flytrap. (Okay, so maybe it's not really like taking care of a bonsai tree at all.)