London : A UK web developer has given a modern makeover to the 19th Century ticker-tape machine, by creating one that prints out tweets, reports PTI.
Adam Vaughan from Cumbria built the ‘twittertape’ device from scratch, using secondhand parts from clocks and other sources.
Ticker tape was used to transmit stock price information over telegraph lines from 1870 to 1970. Vaughan spent three months assembling his version of the machine, but admitted a lot of that time was devoted to finding the right parts, ‘BBC News’ reported. The wooden base in Vaughan’s machine contains a thermal printer and a micro-controller. The device connects to a computer via an ethernet cable and pulls data from Vaughan’s Twitter account every 30 seconds.