Tweetlite: A twitter visualization cube

Major Studio: Computation @ Parsons / March, 2009

Description

Tweetlite is a visual commentary on our relationship with online social networks. It is an ambient light that represents a pixel – the smallest unit of visual digital information.

This is represented in the form of a minimalist, 4″ white, plexiglass, cube that reads messages from a Twitter feed and displays them in Morse code.

Each message is displayed in a different color and makes for a great mood light. It has USB and power connectivity and comes with a program that is used to enter Twitter credentials to enable the data feed visualization.

It needs to be connected to a computer with an Internet connection, via USB. The patterns and colors can be customized. Needless to say, it can be of great use to someone who can read, interpret or even want to learn Morse code.

It is powered by an Arduino Duemilanove and Python to read tweets from Twitter and send it to the Arduino as serial data. The python code is based on this example.

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11 Responses to Tweetlite: A twitter visualization cube

  1. [...] “Tweetlite” is a Arduino-powered plexiglass cube that displays a person’s Twitter stream in LED flashes of Morse code. That would probably drive me nuts (although its creator Bruce Drummond does make a good point about its usefulness as a Morse code learning aid), but I’ve always been a sucker for ambient lights communicating status, even if in practice it can be a bit tedious. [...]

  2. [...] “Tweetlite” is a Arduino-powered plexiglass cube that displays a person’s Twitter stream in LED flashes of Morse code. That would probably drive me nuts (although its creator Bruce Drummond does make a good point about its usefulness as a Morse code learning aid), but I’ve always been a sucker for ambient lights communicating status, even if in practice it can be a bit tedious. [...]

  3. [...] a luminária Tweetlite você pode acompanhar seu stream do Twitter com LEDs coloridos piscando em código [...]

  4. [...] lançada uma luminária para quem não quer deixar de acompanhar o twitter por nenhum momento. A Tweetlite foi desenvolvida para que você possa acompanhar, seu twitter, atraves de leds coloridos uqe [...]

  5. [...] “Tweetlite” is a Arduino-powered plexiglass cube that displays a person’s Twitter stream in LED flashes of Morse code. That would probably drive me nuts (although its creator Bruce Drummond does make a good point about its usefulness as a Morse code learning aid), but I’ve always been a sucker for ambient lights communicating status, even if in practice it can be a bit tedious. [...]

  6. [...] “Tweetlite” is a Arduino-powered plexiglass cube that displays a person’s Twitter stream in LED flashes of Morse code. That would probably drive me nuts (although its creator Bruce Drummond does make a good point about its usefulness as a Morse code learning aid), but I’ve always been a sucker for ambient lights communicating status, even if in practice it can be a bit tedious. [...]

  7. [...] Nein. Cool? Hm, ja. Das einmal mehr auf der Arduino Plattform basierende Tweetlite von Bruce Drummond verwandelt mittels LEDs den Twitter Feed einer Person in Morsezeichen. Die [...]

  8. [...] Actualmente no está a la venta, de hecho su creador está dispuesto a enseñarte cómo fabricar tu propio Tweetlite. [...]

  9. [...] about innocent little dot and dash characters on a screen.  I’m not even talking about an annoying flickering light [which I discovered after I finished this...].  I’m talking about real, honest-to-God beeps [...]

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