Make It Tweet!

Check out this cool entry to Adafruit's "Make It Tweet" contest.

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A while back, our friends over at Adafruit and Instructables teamed up to offer a new contest called "Make It Tweet." Just recently, they announced the winners! The grand prize winner was a very cool project that uses some SparkFun parts called the Thermal Tweeter. Send a tweet to @dangerousproto and watch it print below!

The Thermal Tweeter uses a SparkFun thermal printer and a web platform internet development board. It does not use a PC connection to query Twitter or to run the printer. Rather, a serial port on the web platform outputs serial data to the printer RX pin at 19200bps. Tweets, user names, and IDs are extracted via a JSON search.

This is a very cool project that is low-cost (about $90 or so to make) and relatively simple to implement! You can read more about the project at their website. Great work!

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  • sultanblender / about 11 years ago / 2

    Hmmmm... I wonder if there is a good way to have this print selected stock quotes at times of change or intervals. It would be like an old timey stock ticker!

    • Instead of using twitter, you could use Google trends to get a daily snapshot of what was hot. That would be cool. In fact, Google themselves should have these in their offices printing out random search terms... :-}

      • Rapscallion / about 11 years ago / 1

        A similar idea has been implemented at a local museum - "trending" google searches are printed out by a series of valves and a whole bunch o' water!
        Found a link -

  • sgrace / about 11 years ago / 2

    I can only imagine how much paper it goes through!
    Time to buy stock in Dunder & Mifflin!

    • CF / about 11 years ago / 2

      You can but the Dunder Mifflin stock, I'll stick to Sabre, thank you.

  • SomeGuy123 / about 11 years ago * / 1

    Nice Ascii art!

  • SlyVixsky / about 11 years ago / 1

    "cant send tweets to someone who isnt following you" that was a good waste of time

  • MoriFi / about 11 years ago / 1

    There I am. haha sweet

  • Make it tweet again! It seems like the printer is out of paper :(

  • Member #36483 / about 11 years ago / 1

    I am building a project that uses this widget to feed a paper shredder. its got a 3 axis gyro, a couple elwires, zibee wireless interface, and a toaster oven too.
    Is there an arduino shield for other stupid ideas?

  • SomeGuy123 / about 11 years ago * / 1

    This project is oddly depressing in a good way.

  • scharkalvin / about 11 years ago / 1

    My favorite twitter project was the tweeting office chair.

  • Young Maker / about 11 years ago / 1

    Now i have an excuse to get a twitter

  • That is so cool! Is this a permanent stream on ??? I assume not.

  • SomeGuy123 / about 11 years ago * / 1

    Still waiting for mine to show up.

  • Iandp / about 11 years ago / 1

    Don't forget that SparkFun sells our Bus Pirate and is a Logic Sniffer distributor too!

  • I was looking for a good excuse for buying the Ethernet Pro,
    I think I just found one:D

  • I love this bridge between old tech/new tech. It makes me want to make a retro-style stock ticker.

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