10 crazy things that tweet
|January 26, 2012||Posted by Sophy Bot under Internet culture|
Whoever said that Twitter is reserved for the living and literate? Certainly not the folks that invented these tweeting products. From the useful to the absurd, here are 10 devices making 140-character waves – from before the cradle to after the grave.
#1: Tweeting straight from mommy’s womb
Expectant father Corey Menscher was perhaps more expectant than most – rather than waiting for his baby to be born, he invented the Kickbee, allowing his unborn little one to communicate with the world via kicks and sensors. Presumably, “Mommy’s got bad gas” and “Enjoy your sleep while you can, sucker” will be available in version 2.0.
#2: Tweeting toddlers
Being born is no reason to stop the tweeting action. With the Twoddler – a modified Fisher Price toy featuring photos of the family and a whole lot of sensor action going on under the hood – the tweeting doesn’t have to stop at the end of the birth canal.
#3: Tweeting toilets
So your toddler’s growing up and it’s time to toss the diapers aside and go potty like a big boy. But what’s a working mother to do? Easy – track that potty progress via Twitter. The hacklab.TOilet sends out a tweet every time the toilet is flushed. In the words of the inventors, “hey, it’s more useful and relevant than just about everything else on twitter!”
#4: Tweeting dogs
Think humans are the only ones with things to tweet about? Get your dog in on the tweeting action with Puppy Tweets, a Twitter-enabled device that mounts on your pup’s collar. Among the available tweets: “I bark because I miss you” and “I finally caught that tail I’ve been chasing.” If the next version includes “Hurry home I’m having a vomit-a-thon” or “Boy this shoe tastes like sirloin,” I’m sold.
#5: Tweeting cats
Don’t worry internet, I didn’t forget the cats. While Rover’s tweeting up a storm in the backyard, let Tigger get in on the game with the Kitty Twitty, his very own tweeting cat toy. No word yet on whether it speaks Cheezburger.
#6: Tweeting plants
Twitter or not, your dog and cat make it very clear when they need food or water. But what about your plants? Worry no more – the Botanicalls Kit will let that Azalea of yours tell you when it’s feeling thirsty. As an absentminded house plant serial killer, I have to say this device could actually prove quite handy.
#7: Tweeting office chairs
If a freelancer farts and there’s nobody around to hear it, does it still make a sound? It does if you have the Twittering Office Chair. According to the inventors: “The Twittering office chair “tweets” (posts a Twitter update) upon the detection of natural gas such as that produced by human flatulence.” Looks like it’s time to finally throw out that old whoopie cushion.
#8: Tweeting beds
One best man rigged up the bed of a newlywed couple to automatically tweet when and how the newlyweds did what newlyweds do best – have sex. The twittering bed was reportedly based on the same technology as used in the twittering chair. Only, you know, sexier.
#9: Tweeting brains
Proving that not all tweeting devices have to be whimsical, the University of Wisconsin-Madison has invented a device that allows users to tweet directly via electrical signals in the brain. The device is aimed at helping patients whose bodies no longer work, such as those suffering from locked-in syndrome. At 8 characters a minute it’s not going to win any speed competitions, but it’s a start – and a great one at that.
#10: Tweeting zombies
OK, not really zombies. Just plain old dead people. The e-tomb is a conceptual grave marker that stores information about your deceased love one that is then transmitted via Bluetooth to graveside visitors. And while it may not technically be live-tweeting, it’s really the next best thing: dead tweeting.