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Alpay Kasal’s Twitter-enabled “Twistmas” twee tree responds to specific keyword mentions by lighting corresponding ornaments -

After designing a Twitter based installation for GE Healthcare, I looked forward to putting some Arduino’s and LED’s to work on a personal project. While speaking with Psytek, a founder of a hackerspace in Brooklyn called AlphaOneLabs, we decided an interactive Christmas tree would be a lot of fun. He bought a tree. I hunted for clear ornaments to stick the led’s into, and after coming up dry, we set out to make our own. I thought this would be the easy part, it wasn’t, I underestimated the elusive nature of ornaments in the wild. Eventually I found “golf display cases” at The Container Store.

Read more of the story over at LitStudios and check out a live feed of the tree in action at Alpha One Labs

Collin Cunningham

Born, drew a lot, made video, made music on 4-track, then computer, more songwriting, met future wife, went to art school for video major, made websites, toured in a band, worked as web media tech, discovered electronics, taught myself electronics, blogged about DIY electronics, made web videos about electronics and made music for them … and I still do!


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