Thermal Tweeter is hacked together from a SparkFun thermal printer and the web platform internet development board. No computers are used to query twitter or run the printer, this is a 100% stand-alone Twitter appliance.
Keep reading to find out how it works. Read the original version of this article at Dangerous Prototypes.
You tweet, the web platform contacts Twitter and grabs the newest tweets, the tweets are formatted and output to the printer.
Is this wasteful? You bet. And the thermal chemicals on the paper may cause cancer - don't eat it! Thermal Tweeter is an homage to the waste generated by checkout receipts. Unlike a store checkout where you always get a receipt, you're in charge of the Twitter waste. Save the earth, don't Tweet. Or not.
Thermal Tweeter builds on our previous interactive internet projects like the @tweet_tree and internet graffiti wall.
Note: we noticed that Twitter sometimes excludes people from our feed. You can check here [JSON text] to see if your tweet was included. If not, just send it again, we've got tons of paper!