Twitter LED table project mixes Bluetooth, IKEA & awesome

Chris Davies - Feb 26, 2010, 8:24 am CST
Twitter LED table project mixes Bluetooth, IKEA & awesome

We’ve a soft-spot for odd Twitter-enabled devices – anything that lets us follow the SlashGear tweets in unusual ways has to be a good thing – and so Macetech’s Twitter end-table, which also throws in some multi-color LED action, is proving particularly appealing.  The project builds on their previous LED table, an IKEA coffee table wired up with 81 RGB lights in a 9×9 grid, adding in a Bluetooth Arduino shield for wireless connection to a nearby MacBook Pro.

The MBP has some custom code that uses the Twitter API to pull in anything tagged #ledtable, squirting those messages over to the table.  The tweet then scrolls across the LED array, while the app waits 30 seconds before searching again.

Future developments include two-way feedback from the table itself, potentially adding sensors that could allow it to send its own messages to a Twitter account.  Alternatively, you could hook up several different devices via Bluetooth and have them each display different kinds of status updates: server status in the office, say, and personal messages in the bedroom.  The whole thing cost around $600 to make; more details here.

[via MAKE]

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