Japanese romantics will have the chance to hear some truly flowery language with the help of a playful gadget purported to express the feelings of plants.
Through the voice of a small doll, the device will share what the plant is supposedly 'thinking' when a person strokes it.
The 'Hanakotoba' or 'Communication Flower' consists of a small rod topped with a fairy figurine that can be put inside a potted plant or vase of water. When the owner touches the stem or leaves, a small electric current passes from the rod through a wire to a small doll.
"What a beautiful day!" the doll, wearing a green vest and cone hat, will say once the flower is touched, or 'Let's stay friends forever!' Hanakotoba has up to 200 different phrases, some as potentially uncomfortable as "Do you have a boyfriend?"
The gadget, made by Japanese toymaker e-revolution is the latest creation of Masahiko Kajita, who scored a smash hit in 2002 with 'Bowlingual' — a dog collar said to interpret canine barking. He said the Hanakotoba was meant to tap a female market.
"I created translators for cats and dogs, which were a big success among men, so I was searching for a similar success among females, and since women love flowers, I decided to work on them," he said. "This toy doesn't use a single dirty or aggressive word, unlike Bowlingual," he said.