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Hardware Hacking Twitter Build Hardware

#twatch Open Hardware Networked LCD Screen 52

An anonymous reader writes "Dangerous Prototype's #twatch is a DIY network appliance that displays real-time topic trends from Twitter. It can also show system statistics, RSS feeds, mail notifications, and more using a TCP server on port 1337 that accepts commands from LCD control programs like LCD Smartie (Windows) and LCDproc (Linux). Everything you need to build your own is on the project's page. We've covered this hardware hacker's work previously."
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#twatch Open Hardware Networked LCD Screen

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  • Re:Hmm. (Score:4, Interesting)

    by 0100010001010011 ( 652467 ) on Monday September 21, 2009 @12:48PM (#29492981)

    As much as I hate to say it.... because twitter has a very open API and there are a ton of programs for any OS that interface with it.

    I'm setting up some home automation. Nothing fancy, just garage door open/closed. Temperature in a few rooms. HVAC status.

    I could write a ton of stuff from scratch for reporting & control... or just make a private twitter account "my_house" and subscribe to it. I can get a text message every X minutes with the temp. A text message when the garage door cycles. I can easily text back commands.
    @my_house 'heat on 75F'.

    They've already taken care of the interface between phones, e-mail, blackberries, iphones, etc.

    With this tool I can have a cheap display at my desk at work or even in my own house for the temperature, HVAC status, etc.

Someday somebody has got to decide whether the typewriter is the machine, or the person who operates it.