In the demonstration video the ivy plant calls the "scientist" and says, "Hi this is the ivy, I'm desperately in need of a drink. Do you think you can find it in your heart to maybe water me a little?"
You can even call your plant to show how much you care and the plant will tell you its status and a little bit about itself. Boy, people already have unhealthy relationships by spending way too much time with their gardens and plants. Gardening can be a fun hobby if you don't go overboard. I dunno bout you, but I'm thinking that calling your plants
And another thing - what's up with using a high-tech open-source phone system like Asterisk in their video demo but using it along side an antique touch-tone phone that looks like it goes back to the 1970s? i.e.:
(Yes I see the Lucent logo and I know Lucent didn't exist in the 1970s) Finally, below is the architecture of this wacky use of Asterisk to monitor your plant's health and to help build a relationship between you and your plants. Just don't blame me if you start spending more time communicating with your plants than your spouse!