The concept of fusing robot and botany led Jill Coffin to collaborate with John Taylor and Daniel Bauen to create Breeze.
A mature Japanese Maple tree was carefully wired with monofilament down to nitinol (nickel titanium) wires to create silent motion.
A 360-camera hidden in a lantern suspended over the tree was used to detect motion of observers. Computer vision algorithms were used to trigger relays to actuate the the various branches near the motion in the room.
The tree appeared to reach out to people passing by.