Horrific animatronic teddy bear hacked to 'speak' your Twitter friends' updates

Robots, Web 2.0

The micro-blogging service Twitter has been at the centre of many recent mods, including an awesome home automation system, however I doubt the previous hacks have been as dramatic as this.

You might know of Nabaztags, the Wi-Fi rabbits which translate your data (emails, RSS etc) into visual and audio alerts – taking inspiration from this product, the My Home 2.0 team outfitted an animatronic teddy bear with various chips and circuit boards, plus a Bluetooth audio adapter. The results are quite impressive, with the bear translating your friends’ Twitter updates into spoken word – admittedly the spooky bear’s voice can be described as nothing more than ‘horrific’.

See the video below the jump for the full details.

How 2.0: How to Make a Twittering Teddy Bear from My Home 2.0 DIY on Vimeo.

My Home 2.0 (via Hack A Day)

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Katherine Hannaford
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