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TwitterPeek: For Twitter only

Posted in twitter by Conner Flynn on November 3rd, 2009

TwitterPeek: For Twitter onlyIf you love Twitter and don’t own a mobile phone, you may want to check out TwitterPeak, the first device dedicated solely to Twitter and only Twitter. TwitterPeek lets you use Twitter like you would on your smartphone.

It will work anywhere in the US and connects to a nationwide cellular network. The device also features a full QWERTY keyboard, a color screen and a click scroll wheel. The TwitterPeak is available now for just $99, which gives you six months of coverage, or $199 which will give you a lifetime subscription to the service.

Maxitweet breaks 140 character Twitter limit

Posted in twitter by Shane McGlaun on August 17th, 2009

maxitweet-sbOne of the big things that bothers many people about using Twitter is the 140-character limit for posts on the service. It can be very hard to say all you want to say in a single tweet thanks to the character limit.

A new service called Maxitweet has devised a way to allow Twitter users to get more characters within the 140-character limit. The company has discovered that using Unicode characters to represent one or more letters the limit can be pushed.

Cute Robot reacts to your friends’ tweets

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on August 13th, 2009

Cute Robot reacts to your friends' tweetsWhat could be better than getting robots to interpret the world of social networking for us? Why should we do all the work? That’s what robots are for. This cute little guy just sits on your desk and while he may not reply to your tweets, he understands the emotions of your friend’s tweets and whether they are happy or sad.

If he finds a “happy” tweet, the Guardian Robot raises its head and arm in triumph. It holds the pose until you give it a “high five”. (By hitting the switch in its hand.) Then the robot passes the high five on to your buddy via a reply Tweet.

Tweetster Twitter display

Posted in twitter by Conner Flynn on July 27th, 2009

Tweetster Twitter displayWe’ve seen Twitter displays, but David Nichols’ Tweetster seems like a step above the rest with it’s laser-cut wooden parts and open design. The OpenWRT project and an ASUS Wireless Router WL-520-GU provide the functionality. The WiFi router uses OpenWRT to run Python from a USB flash drive in back. The setup automatically retrieves the latest 20 messages from his followers, displaying them on the serial LCD.

The downside of course, is that you can’t follow links to articles, see TwitPic images or even reply. But if you are only following a few select people, this could be a cool desk toy.

Social Media Watch

Posted in Watches by Conner Flynn on July 16th, 2009

Social Media WatchHere’s a watch that will remind you when it’s time to get social. As if you need reminding. They already take up a lot of our time. It will tempt you even when you are away from the sites. Then again with so many sites and so little time, this watch might help you manage just using one site per hour.

It features all of the major networks, including Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and so on. Each of the 12 digits are replaced with the logos of your favorite networking sites. Best of all it’s only $18.

Eee lights up when you get a message

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on July 8th, 2009

Eee lights up when you get a messageSure, lights on your notebook are nothing new, but they don’t really do anything useful. This mod, on the other hand, puts a 3-color LED on an Asus Eee 901 that shows you when you have incoming messages. All it takes is an extra microprocessor and some custom scripts.

The RGB LED displays a different color depending on whether it’s email, an IM or a tweet. We can only hope that this opens up the eyes of product designers. It would be nice to see something like this on an HP, Acer or Dell.

Twitter device tweets your heartbeat to your followers

Posted in twitter by Conner Flynn on June 28th, 2009

Twitter device tweets your heartbeatIf you’ve done the whole tweeting every time your unborn child kicks, perhaps it’s time for something a bit creepier. This device will give your Twitter followers a live feed of your heartbeat, including “pre-recorded” messages to announce your death should you shuffle off this mortal coil.

This DIY project is open source and will send the news of your heart directly to the internet. That way should you stop supporting the Iranian revolution, we will all know why. It was probably one too many cheetos and the terrible let-down of a Transformers movie that was too much for your soul to take.

Kogan’s digiframe reads Twitter, browses Facebook

Posted in Digital Photo Frames by Conner Flynn on June 23rd, 2009

Kogan's digiframe reads Twitter, browses FacebookRight up there with printers, digital picture frames are fairly boring. So companies keep throwing more features at us so that we may decide to buy one. That’s why Kogan’s 8-inch WiFi LCD digiframe features a bunch of tricks we’ve seen before, along with a few that are new.

It will accept photos via email, RSS feeds, Flickr, and Facebook. Email pics to a central address and see them displayed on a group of these things. With the free SeeFrame app for iPhone you can even send images directly from your handset. You can view your Twitter feed as well.

Google Wave: Like chat, IM, Twitter and Google Docs in real-time

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on May 28th, 2009

Google WaveGoogle wave should be making waves in no time. Think of it like a live chatroom with a spread of documents, photos and/or videos, where you can reply to any part of any message or anything that’s shared, and it all operates in real-time. Basically TMI.

It’s a combination of Twitter, IM, Friendfeed and other service with semi-real-time stuff. In Google Wave, you can share and collaborate on projects, and all of this is going on at once. Probably great for those with ADD. You start a wave with any message or photo or whatever, and you bring people into the stream, and then they can bring people in.

Tweet at work with SpreadTweet

Posted in twitter by Conner Flynn on April 21st, 2009

Tweet at work with SpreadTweetYou want to get on twitter and pass the time away while at work, but as usual, “the man” has a problem with that. Here’s how you stick it to “the man”. SpreadTweet is a twitter client that looks like a spreadsheet to casual passers-by.

If you look closer, you will find the usual Twitter stuff, but your boss won’t know anything is up, unless they read the ‘Brick. Just type your reply in the top text editbox to tweet back. Don’t let something like work stop you from tweeting.


Twitter brain interface

Posted in twitter by Conner Flynn on April 21st, 2009

Twitter brain interfaceDo your fingers get tired from excessive tweets? Well, there’s help on the way. Just use brain power to send messages via Twitter without lifting a finger. You can thank Adam Wilson, who has come up with a brain interface that allows you to post Twitter messages with no hands. Though you will have to wear the dorky electrode cap.

The display shows individual letters and when the user focuses on a letter, it will type it. It’s slower than using a keyboard, but soon it should get faster. Who wants to use their fingers anyway? That’s so last century.

Get arrested in Texas, your mugshot will be on Twitter

Posted in twitter by Conner Flynn on April 20th, 2009

Get arrested in Texas, your mugshot will be on TwitterThey used to say that when you get arrested, don’t go singing like a bird and giving up all of your buddies. Well, times have sure changed. Now it’s the man who sings like a bird and rats you out to everyone. If you get arrested in Denton, Texas, your mugshot will be blasted all over Twitter with your age and crime.

But this isn’t some innovation from the Texas penal system to humiliate lawbreakers, just a clever art student’s comment on how much information is floating around out there. Sometimes the power of Twitter can be downright scary.

Flatulance-twittering chair

Posted in twitter by Conner Flynn on April 14th, 2009

Flatulance-twittering chairRandy Sarafan must be the kind of guy who gets people to pull his finger. You see, Randy has gas. Apparently so much that he modified his office chair with a sensor and hooked it up to his computer. The end result is this: Every time Randy farts, the chair sends out a tweet on Twitter.

So I can only surmise that following Randy on twitter is kinda like being there, but with no foul smells. Judging by the number of tweets he produces, I think he should seek medical help. We aren’t sure how to tell just by reading his tweets whether they are real earth-movers or just SBD’s.(Silent But Deadly)

Tweet-a-Watt shares your power usage with the World

Posted in Power Strips by Conner Flynn on March 29th, 2009

Tweet-a-Watt shares your power usage with the WorldYou already share all of your life’s details on Twitter, why not share your power usage? Tweet-a-Watt will broadcast your power consumption for all to see. Each device only reads one outlet, so you can really get the low-down on how you use energy.

Modified from a Kill-a-Watt energy reader, the Tweet-a-Watt slowly charges up just enough power to communicate with a nearby computer via an XBee receiver, then uses a predefined Twitter account to automatically publish the results.

Reboundfinder twitter tool finds the recently dumped

Posted in twitter by Conner Flynn on March 4th, 2009

Reboundfinder twitter tool finds the recently dumpedA new Twitter tool gives followers a list of people who have recently split up with their partners. Yeah, kinda scary. Like those dudes who go to funerals trying to pick up hot widows. Okay, maybe not that bad, but still.

Box UK has created reboundfinder to search for specific tweets from people who post that they have either dumped their significant others, or been dumped by them, and then to RT, or retweet, their posts via its feed. Creator Dan Zambonini says that he was just showing how a simple filter can be used to startling effect in Twitter’s open format.