The Twittertape Machine prototype from Adam Vaughan connects to his Twitter account via Ethernet, checks for updates twice every minute, and prints out a hard copy of any new Tweets without the need for printer ink.
Vaughan told us that the idea for the Twittertape Machine was born of a desire to have the kind of old stock ticker seen in movies sitting on his desk. After a lukewarm reception to his pitch from friends, he decided to make his dream a reality. Rather than sacrifice a rare original (like the Edison Universal Stock Ticker used for Ames Bielenbergâ€™s Spring Break project), he opted to build his own replica version from some old brass clock movements, a wooden plinth and a glass dome found online.
It is powered by two AC adapters and is controlled by a network-enabled Arduino-style microcontroller running custom code in the base. The board checks Vaughanâ€™s Twitter account every 30 seconds for new Tweets.
The little thermal printer hidden at the base prints the tweets on a cut-down thermal paper. An awesome product in an awesome demand!