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Tweeting using Morse code

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on January 16th, 2011

Why tweet with your phone or keyboard when you can tweet like the old days using morse code. That’s right, you can use a telegraph machine. joester5 on Twitter managed to create just that. A telegraph machine for Twitter, using a telegraph machine he bought on eBay.

It took some open source software, a twitter account, an arduino micro-controller, and a telegraph machine. You’ll have to learn Morse code however. At least you won’t have to go to the telegraph office to pick up tweets from this guy.

Tweet-O-Meter Wall measures real time tweeting in major cities

Posted in twitter by Conner Flynn on October 27th, 2010

If you are interested in the patterns of social networking, then check this out. An entire wall devoted to tweeting. This Tweet-O-Meter Wall measures tweeting activity in nine major cities. It can be found at British Library’s Center for Advanced Spatial Analysis.

The purpose of the wall is to study the social dynamics among Twitter users around the world. Probably the only thing we get from this is a twitter timezone effect, where you can estimate the time of any given city just by monitoring the Twitter usage. Still, it’s pretty cool.

Sony makes Tweeting device for cats

Posted in twitter by Conner Flynn on June 1st, 2010

If any animal’s language and lifestyle is suited to Twitter, it’s cats. I don’t know of any animal that speaks short sentences like a cat. And no matter what they say, it usually sounds like the same thing. They don’t do much either. Well, now Sony Computer Science Laboratories has created a device that detects your cats’ activities and Tweets them.

Using just a camera, an acceleration sensor, and GPS, it keeps track of your cats movements and will track basic activities like eating, sleeping, walking, and playing with other cats. Once it determines the activity, it will send one of 11 set text messages via bluetooth to a computer and post it to the cat’s Twitter feed.

Twettle: A Tweeting Kettle

Posted in twitter by Conner Flynn on April 5th, 2010

We’ve seen our share of devices modified to use Twitter, so we’re always on the lookout to see what will happen next. Home appliances are just begging for a Twitter makeover, like this Twittering kettle, or Twettle.

Twettle can connect to your home Wi-Fi and has a small display, so you can enter the network password and Twitter details. Twettle also sports an API (application programming interface), allowing you to tweak it and add functionality if you want to get more out of it. You can set Twettle to actiate via a Twitter Direct Message, or have it boil at a lower temperature. Whatever you want.