Initial concept art for final project. Two similar plants in identical pots. One of the pots features a rangefinder that triggers LEDs to glow when a participant comes near. It also features a "theremin" of sorts to where it "boops" when touched.
Conceptually, the idea is that one plant responds to interaction as a means of showing "appreciation" that you give it attention. Given that it reacts to interaction, the participant is more inclined to touch. Will the plant benefit from the extra attention? Will the constant stimulation suffocate the plant and kill it? Why do we need to be rewarded to care about something?