September 21, 2012

DIY twitter-enabled flush monitor

... or in other words, the twitter-enabled toilet flush monitor. The people at Toronto Hackerspace decided to learn how to make an Arduino send tweets whilst simultaneously showing their disdain for medium by creating a device that detects when the toilet has been flushed, and then tweets the fact to its' followers. Although the whole project may seem silly, it is a fine example on how to send tweets with an Arduino. 

Operation is quite simple - a tilt switch triggers a digital input on the Arduino due to the movement on the flush mechanism, and then the tweet is send. For more information, the sketch and some humour check out the project page. And we're on twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well.

Instead of using multiple Arduino devices when building an Internet-enabled project - save time, space and money with the Freetronics EtherTen. Apart from being fully Arduino Uno-compatible, it has onboard Ethernet, microSD socket, full USB interface (so you don't need a costly FTDI cable just to upload a sketch!) and supports optional Power-over-Ethernet.

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