The Telegarden was a robotic art installation that allowed anyone on the Internet to interact with a remote garden. Users teleoperated a robot arm to plant, water, and monitor the progress of living plants.
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More than 100,000 people visited the Telegarden website and operated the robot during its nine years of operation.
Ken Goldberg, one of the creators of the Telegarden, describes the goals of the project and his surprise with people's reaction to it.Photo: Robert Vente
Is the Telegarden real? Ken Goldberg explains how a student's question got him thinking about the implications of knowledge acquired at a distance.Photo: Ira Serkes
The Telegarden, created at the University of Southern California, was first exhibited at the Interactive Media Festival in Los Angeles in 1995. The next year it moved to the Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria, where it was on exhibit and available 24 hours a day for eight years. It was finally disabled in August 2004. The project leads were Ken Goldberg and Joseph Santarromana, and the project team included George Bekey, Steven Gentner, Rosemary Morris, Carl Sutter, Jeff Wiegley, and Erich Berger.