The basic framework of Twitter can now be enjoyed by toddlers with Twoddler. Parents are always looking for that extra advantage. The device is ingenious, it is hooked up a Fisher Price toy to a Twitter account, and the account is updated when the toddler interacts with the newly christened Fisher Price toy as Twoddler. It was developed by a team at Hasselt University in Belgium. The young twitter Yorin is perhaps the youngest true twitter online. The platform is a study of interaction between toddlers and parents. Could this be the future toddler communication? Baby steps for now in the information age.
The software captures sensor data from the activity center and tries to select a predefined text that is related to that sensor data. We are extending the system so it becomes easier to relate certain patterns of sensor readings with a set of strings. For example: when Yorin plays with mommy’s picture for over 3 minutes, a twitter message will be posted saying “@mommy_yorin Yorin misses mommy and looks forward playing with her this evening”, or when Yorin is hitting the doorbell button four times in a row, a twitter message will be posted saying “Yorin is showing off his music skills with a new tune”. We hope to even support dynamic composition of new strings in the future.