From the always inventive RobotGrrl:
Using Twitter as a means of communication between the outside world and my robots isn’t a very reliable solution. Sometimes the website is down, and they don’t return search results in a timely manner. There were a few other options that I through around, like using gchat or IRC. IRC seems pretty fun, plus I have already done some playing around with it through the factbot idea.
The IRC bot runs from a Python script. The initial code that I used was from Cmd-c && Cmd-v (cool blog name!). They use the pyserial and irclib libraries. There are specific commands that will trigger certain events.
It’s pretty cool to see it working! For triggering dance moves, it is a basic command called danceCmd. The user then feeds in some argument that lets the Arduino know which one you want. For these examples, I used the argument BAJNGL. It stands for “Both Arm Jingle”, but saying it phonetically is pretty funny too *bajingle*!
Maybe someday MANOI will pay a visit to the Ask-an-Engineer chat. That would be so cool!