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Twitter Roach

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Published on Dec 26, 2012

Twitter Roach (by Brittany Ransom) is in its first phase of experimentation. Utilizing a RoboRoach/backpack kit, custom processing, arduino programming and circuitry, it allows people to log into their Twitter accounts to cooperatively affect the movement of a cockroach from anywhere in the world. The project made its debut at "Life, in some form," an exhibition at the Chicago Artists Coalition on December 7th.

Twitter Roach is designed to parse specific commands received through mentions and hashtags by stimulating one of its antennae—essentially making the insect feel as if it touched something. In other words, the cockroach is tricked into turning left or right based on specific tweets. The cockroach only wears the backpack for short intervals and is only accessible to the Twitter community during designated times. The program is set up to only allow the cockroach to receive tweets every 30 seconds.

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