Ticker tape tweets let you hashtag like it’s 1867

(Credit: Adam Vaughan)

If you can post to Twitter using Morse Code, you should darn well be able to get tweets via ticker tape.

Enter the Twittertape Machine, which eschews annoyingly modern smartphone screens for a printed feed of tweets and mentions delivered in the style of the 19th-century ticker tape machine.

“This astounding device will print a permanent copy of all tweets yet requires no ink or computer,” reads the site for the standalone contraption, which British Web developer Adam Vaughan built from scratch with used parts from clocks and other objects.

The steampunk-ey device, created as a one-off curiosity piece, hides a thermal printer and microcontroller in its wooden base. It connects to a computer via Ethernet cable and checks Vaughan’s Twitter account for new data every 30 seconds.

Vaughn tells CNET he has always loved the design of ticker tape machines.

“I got the idea that I’d really like to have one on my desk, but of course they’re incredibly rare now and sell for huge amounts of money,” he said. “Then it struck me that even if I did manage to get one it would just sit there gathering dust, doing noth… [Read more]

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