Wheat Fields as software…

June 20, 2007 at 3:14 am | Posted in shocking stories | 3 Comments

wheat fields as software

A German programmer, Ben Hopfeng-Aertner, mowed a program into his wheat-field, creating a Semacode app that says “Hello, World.”

He wrote a semacode (a type of visual code that contains “machine readable information” that can be used to graphically encode web-links) on his wheat fields. Since the code is visual, Ben was able to take a picture of his 160 square meter programming artwork from an airplane and have a machine read the code to output the words “Hello, World!”.

Combination of art and programming, that’s certainly great….



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  1. That’s really cool. Especially the part about the guy mowing it into his fields. I don’t think I know anyone who would do something like that. The only people I know who know that kind of thing don’t have a big enough place to put that kind of stuff.

  2. Wow, and I struggle to find the time to keep my front lawn mowed…lol. Next he should try mowing “Hello Google Earth”.

  3. favorited this one, man

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