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January 23, 2015 AT 3:00 pm

Electric eel tweets with a Pi @Raspberry_Pi #piday #raspberrypi

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RaspberryPi.org posted about an electric eel in Tenessee who’s tweeting up a storm with the help of a Raspberry Pi!

Miguel’s electrical activity also sends a message to the attached Raspberry Pi, telling it to send a tweet. Miguel’s Twitter feed is full of fishy puns, eel facts, and messages about conservation – along with the occasional “POW” and “BUZZ!” A database of tweets is constantly added to by staff at the aquarium (Miguel does not have fingers and consequently finds it hard to type)

“Ironically, the eel code was written in Python,” said Evgeny Vasilyev, one of the computer science interns  from Tennessee Technological University’s Business Media Center. “The project’s main set piece was Raspberry Pi, a low cost computer which provides all of the necessary functionality in a compact package.”

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