I amÂ beginningÂ to think that maybe CAN needs a new category titled “Twitter”. With the sheer amount of apps and devices using the platform it isÂ increasinglyÂ evident that Twitter is here to stay and become not only closely integrated into our daily lives as a social platform but also within the devices we may use day in, day out. If you have read our post ‘A Different Twitter’ it is not hard to see that application of Twitter goes beyond the ‘social’. Is Twitter becoming a protocol?
“In its simplest form, a protocol can be defined as the rules governing theÂ syntax,Â semantics, and synchronization of communication. Protocols may be implemented by hardware, software, or a combination of the two. At the lowest level, a protocol defines the behavior of a hardware connection” wikipedia.
When we consider a social aspect ofÂ protocol, the area of exploration is both vast and exciting. This is anÂ interestingÂ for discussion but this post is aboutÂ Baker Tweet so without further ado, say hello to the first “commercially available” product whose core protocol is Twitter.
BakerTweet is a way for busy bakers to tell the world that something hot and fresh has just come out of the oven. It’s as simple as turning the dial and hitting the button. All of the baker’s followers get a Twitter alert to tell them that it’s bun-time. Or bread time. Or whatever.
Created by London based Poke,Â a creative company that focuses on inventing and making interactive things, BakerTweet Â is aÂ prototype is made up of anÂ Arduino Duemilanove,Â Arduino Ethernet Shield,Â Ladyada Proto Shield, a Linksys wifi adapter, and a whole bunch of little parts that make up the rest.
One of the highlights of BakerTweet is that it interfaces with a Django CMS for all it’s information. This means that an owner can sign into their account onÂ bakertweet.com and edit the number of items, how they want them labelled on the device, and the body of the Tweet is sent out for each. To update the device with the latest information, the owner simply spins the dial “Update Items List,” hits the button, and the box grabs the latest list of items.
Exciting and innovative,Â BakerTweet brings together software, hardware and ‘social’ in a very creative way. Maybe you don’t like visiting your local bakery nor you areÂ particularlyÂ interested how this relates to your daily life, what is for sure is that we are notÂ very far off from when your newÂ washing machine’s installation manual will include “how to set-up twitter account” because the only way you will know your washing is done is by the message you received on Twitter.
If you wantÂ BakerTweet, drop the team a line for more info, or any inquires.Â firstname.lastname@example.org
Btw, did you know your plants can twitter too?
Posted on: 06/04/2009