Turn Room Lights On and Off with Twitter! [Videos]

You can turn your room lights on and off remotely by sending a text message from your mobile phone to Twitter! if you thought Twitter was only a Microblogging platform, think again.

Justin used Bob Paauwe’s iLink INSTEON software and Twitter to network his cell phone with his house’s electrical system with the goal to implement this on a larger scale at the Duke University Smart Home. And it worked!

Twitter can be used for strange tasks like watering plants and of course for simpler tasks like following us.

4 Comments

  1. Syahid A. says:

    wow, that was a really cool way to use twitter. :D

  2. Barbara Ling says:

    And here I thought that Botanicals was the be-all and end-all of Twitter. William Shatner would love this…. :)

    Barbara

  3. Spewker says:

    …or get even simpler and follow me! No, really, this is a great article. Who knew that twitter could turn as all into permanent couch potatoes.

  4. Insteon says:

    Neat, but by the time the SMS goes to twitter and then to your home automation controller you’d have tripped on something waiting for the lights to come on.

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