This instructable will show you how to make a 3D Map of Twitter data for the state of Colorado, but you'll be able to recreate it for any area that you wish.
This map is made out of multiple laser-cut layers of basswood and uses LEDs and an Arduino board to display what kind of Twitter activity is coming out of various cities in Colorado. We can display if Tweets from a given city are happy, sad, depressed or angry. We even have a Bieber mode!
We made this for the Things That Think class Spring 2011 at CU Boulder. We're Paul Heider , Buck Heroux and Ian Smith .
Step 1: Stuff You Need
1 USB Cable
5 2x1 ft sheets of basswood (may need more, depending on the area you want to make)
Twitter Dev Account
Adobe Illustrator - or any other vector editing suite, although the steps for this instructable are written for Illustrator
Adobe Photoshop - same deal as with Illustrator
Topographical image of a state/region - I found mine with by searching 'Colorado Topographical Map' in Google Images
10 RGB common-cathode LEDs
10 4 pin connectors - to plug in your LEDS