Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Tweetenstein - full-sized data-connected automaton

This beauty is destined to become the next data-fed automaton, Tweetenstein!
Tweetenstein is the successor to Twitr Janus and the Psychic Hive Mind Fortune Reader, both of which used simple web services to control or manipulate responses.

The basic concept is that Tweetenstein starts life as a corpse (wel mannequin) and is given life by plugging it into social data from the web, mainly from conversations on Twitter. It is yet to be decided what form this reanimation will take, but starting with a slightly disturbing 6 foot blank humanoid shape has to be a good thing, right?

The pug gets the vibe. Great startled expression

Here touching a fake hand is being used as a novel form of input device. A simple Michaelangelo-esque touch of fingers causes the web app to randomly select and read Twitter screen names out as speech,

The words on screen are a visualisation of this data. The app is converting it to speech using a Google Translate API call, triggered by an onClick method in JavaScript. This is being physically triggered by the Makey Makey board.

Makey Makey is a pimped arduino that converts touch into keyboard input for any running app :)

It works by shorting out two terminals - an earth terminal and one of several a signal terminals. Here we are using the space bar.

Hidden underneath in this crud prototype, is a wire that is connecting the finger tip to the Makey Makey signal terminal

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