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April 14, 2009 at 1:49 PM

Twitter’s killer app? A chair that tweets when you toot

This is a killer app in more ways than one.

It’s a chair that automatically notifies friends and followers on Twitter when you cut the cheese, the latest thing in human-computer interface design.

It’s pop art, amplified by the 1,249 people who signed up to follow every utterance.

From the intro to the piece at Instructables.com, which I first saw via Gizmodo:

“The Twittering office chair “tweets” (posts a Twitter update) upon the detection of natural gas such as that produced by human flatulence. This is part of my commitment to accurately document and share my life as it happens.”

Sounds like it’s time for Mike’s Chili Parlor in Ballard to join the Twitter marketing craze.

The materials list:

— Office chair

— Squidbee TX/RX pair

— 1/8″ piece of acrylic

— 50K trimpot

— Natural gas sensor

— Solid hookup wire

— Soldering setup

— Laser cutter (or saw and drill)

— Razor blade

— Screwdriver set

— Drill

— Nuts and bolts (or screws)

— Pliers

— Staple gun

— Python (software)

— A Twitter account

Here’s a screenshot of the Twitter feed. Looks like it was a foggy morning in San Francisco:

chair.JPG

Comments | More in | Topics: Gadgets & products, office chair, twitter

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