When Facebook first introduced status updates, it was interesting reading the continuous updates of people in my friends list. Different people used it in different ways; most used it to inform others about their current status, but some took it too far and were – ridiculously – reporting nearly every single action they do. Then Twitter appeared with the question “What are you doing?”, and took the obsession of status updates to a whole new level. Today, not only people report what they do, but also objects, appliances and even animals do as well!
We looked around the Web for non-human twitterers beside the commonly known news (and spam) bots and brought you the following list – some ridiculous and some useful:
1. Tweeting Plant:
You don’t have to worry – anymore – about knowing when your plant is thirsty and in need of water, it will tell you by itself! @Pothos is a tweeting plant that sends status updates to Twitter and defines a new way of communication between plants and human beings!
2. Tweeting Toilet:
Yes! Your toilet can post to Twitter every flush – that is if you want the world to know about it -! Follow @hacklabtoilet for this guy’s toilet updates!
3. Tweeting Office Chair:
This @OfficeChair tweets whenever it detects “natural gas” such as that produced by human flatulence ( trying to be professional ;) ). Its inventor claims that this is a part of his commitment to accurately document and share his life as it happens! I, personally, would rather skip that part when documenting my own life!
4. Babies Tweeting from the Womb:
Well, actually it is a device that contains vibration sensors and is strapped over a pregnant woman’s belly to detect each kick and then send it to Twitter. Basically babies can start tweeting from their mother’s wombs before they even take the first breath of fresh air! You can get more info about the device through its Twitter account: @kickbee
5. Tweeting Heart Beats:
6. Tweeting Bakery:
Yummy! What is better than fresh baguettes, tin loaves and date and pecan bread just out of the oven? That is the type of messages you would expect to read on Twitter from @AlbionsOven. Albion Cafe, located in London, is the first cafe to install the BakerTweet device, which is a device that’s meant to help busy bakers by telling the world that something hot and fresh has just come out of the oven.
7. Tweeting Toaster:
8. Tweeter Popcorn Robot:
It is as simple as this, send a tweet to your Twitter Popcorn Robot before you leave your work and enjoy it when you get home, all ready to be served! Follow the updates of its brilliant inventor here (@robedorobotics)
9. Tweeting Remote Control:
IBM is creating a new remote control that tweets your TV watching automatically! So in a few months you will be able to let your friends know what you are watching instantly and without interrupting your favorite shows.
10. Home Light Switches Twitter Reader:
Not only your popcorn robot can read your tweets and act accordingly, but your home light switches can as well. Today you can switch you home lights off/on remotely through your Twitter account. I just hope that your neighbors won’t freak out and claim that your house is haunted by ghosts!
11. Tweeting House:
The house of Andy Stanford-Clarke (@andy_house) located on the south coast of the Isle of Wight tweets about the status of many of its resources including its bathrooms heater, its gym temperature, its doors and water consumption! I like that!
12. Tweeting Power Usage Detector:
Are you looking for a way to limit your house power consumption? There is no better way to do so than letting each room of your house report its own power consumption, right? And yes, you can do that now! Tweet-a-watt (@tweetawatt) is the device that does that, it can tweet the status of your power usage for every single room in your house.
13. Tweeting Washing Machine:
We all forget our laundry in our washing machines, don’t we? You don’t have to worry anymore, today, you can enjoy reading your friend’s tweets knowing that your washing machine will send you a tweet (see @PiMPY3WASH) when it is done. Check out how it works on Vimeo.
14. Tweeting Cat Door/Tracker:
Do you want to monitor your pet’s activity? You can do that now using this device that logs the entrance and exit of your pets activity and send it to twitter (see @bobbinandtuffin)! Wonderful, isn’t it?
15. Tweeting Bridge:
London’s Tower Bridge is the first bridge on this planet that informs people when it is going to open and when it is going to close via Twitter. Twitter makes bridges talk! How awesome is that?! If you happen to ship in London’s River Thames and want to check when the Tower will open before it does, then follow its Twitter updates here: @towerbridge. I’m sure there is a more reliable system though!
16. Tweeting Telescope:
For over 50 years the giant Lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank has been a well-known feature of the Cheshire landscape and an internationally renowned landmark in the world of astronomy. Today, it has the ability to talk to us via Twitter (@LovellTelescope) and tell us where exactly it is pointing to in space.
17. Tweeting Cars:
Did you watch 7 pounds for Will Smith? It’s a great movie that is built on the idea of how risky it is to write a text message while driving. ATX Group came up with a solution by inventing a device that is capable of taking your words and sending your message without you having to type anything. So, basically, you can now tweet while you are driving!
18. Tweeting Sonar Distance Buzzer:
Joshua McGinnis has invented a device that can detect his distance from his laptop and send it to Twitter (@hereandaway). It may sound useless now, but I am sure that others can find different ways to implement it in useful applications.
19. Matt’s Office:
Matthew Morey came up with a two way communication system between his devices via Twitter. He can retrieve information about the status of different devices in his office and at the same time send them Twitter commands to take actions! You can follow his flow of tweets on @MattsOffice. Impressive, isn’t it?
20. Tweeting Beer Robot – Wired.com’s Kegerator:
21. Teddy Bear Twitter Reader:
This can be romantic; send your tweets to your girlfriend’s teddy bear, and it will reads it to her! You need to be quite the geek too :)
There is no limit to the human imagination. I am sure that in no time many objects will get carried on the wave and start tweeting. We are working on a funny post about *expected* upcoming twittering objects. Subscribe to our RSS feeds and stay tuned for a good laugh :)
Today, objects do really talk! What do you think of these twittering objects? Ridiculous or Useful?