Kenneth Finnegan picked up an old Star NP-10 dot matrix printer at a flea market and put it to use printing out tweets.
I present… the TwitterMatrixTicker! I currently have it configured to watch for any tweets mentioning me (@KWF), and then having it print each tweet line by line on this great piece of printer history, so feel free to send me tweets and enjoy the thought of them interrupting my evening as they print out on this ridiculous loud monstrosity.
The hardware is relatively straight forward; a BeagleBone (Thanks to TI for giving me one for free!) uses Twitter’s API to search for @KWF tweets, then parses out the usernames and text and sends it to the Star NP-10 over a USB-to-Centronics adapter.
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