This Walking Robot Planter Is Basically Like Having A Toddler In The House

by Julie Scagell

You gotta love technology, right?

Parents have a lot on their plates. We have to make sure our kids are fed, watered, clothed, cleaned, and feel loved at all times. Pile on top of that housework, actual work, after-school activities, birthday parties, school concerts, and a million other things and it can get downright exhausting. The last thing we have time or energy for is keeping anything else alive (besides our beloved family pets, that is) and if you love having live plants in your house, you know they can be a pain to keep alive. That is, until now.

Behold the HEXA Plant — a walkable planter that searches for sunlight on behalf of your leafy friends all day long. This genius idea was thought up by Vincross’s founder Sun Tianqi after he saw a dead sunflower. “In 2014, I went to see a sunflower exhibition, and found myself focused on a dead sunflower near a ground of blooms. The dead flower sat in a place that was always in a shadow,” he said. “I had no idea how it ended up there or why it died – whether it was because of the lack of sunshine or water – but it was just there, and it was dead. I thought, if it could move a little bit, take a 30-feet walk out of the shadow to where the other sunflowers were, it would have lived healthily.”


This would be a dream for the green-thumbed person that has too much on their plates to spend time moving plants around their house all day long. And since most plants need a certain amount of sunlight to thrive, it takes the guesswork out making sure they get it. Not only does the HEXA plant seek sunlight, when it’s had enough it also walks away to seek shadier parts of your home. Sort of like a cat without the asshole personality.


That takes care of the sunlight part of staying alive, but what about watering? Well, the creator thought of that, too. When your plant needs water, it will throw a temper tantrum and stomp around the room so you know it’s thirsty. It’s basically a toddler without the shrieking.


So, how much will something like this run you? Well, that’s the bad news. Though it’s not available for purchase yet, this personal gardening assistant will run you a cool $949 plus shipping, so unless you’re a huge plant fan this may not be the investment for you. I should mention when the plant is feeling full of goodness it does a happy dance, so that may be worth the price tag right there.


It may seem silly, but everyone is looking for time savers. People buy Instant Pots to make a super quick meal and Roombas to clean their floors for them, so why not invest in our green friends? Not only do they freshen up the air and reduce toxins, they have also been shown to improve concentration and productivity. (And can we really say that about our kids?)