RootKnit · A living surface · Biodesign Challenge 2017

  • RootKnit is a finalist project, chosen from more than 400 participating students and 22 universities around the world, to participate in the Biodesign Challenge Summit 2017.

    "The Biodesign Challenge offers art and design students the opportunity to envision future applications of biotechnology in a competition that highlights student work. Our organizers connect classrooms with a team of biologists and experts to guide the students as they develop their ideas.
    At the end of the semester, the winning teams are invited to New York City to showcase their designs in front of members the academic, industrial, and design communities at the Biodesign Summit in June 2017."

    RootKnit is a shapeshifting surface connected to plants. Using multiple sensors, RootKnit can react to the plants’ conditions and then translate that data into surface movements and shapes. This creates a new way of communicating, understanding, and connecting to plants and the environment.