One Street Tweeter - the Twitter-powered road-painting printer
By Ben Coxworth
May 18, 2012
The G8 Summit, the annual meeting of leaders from eight of the world’s largest economies, is always a popular venue for protestors who don’t like what some of those leaders are doing. While you may not be able to make it to this year’s upcoming event in Maryland, an advocacy group known as One could still get your message out – by using what could best be described as a giant inkjet printer to paint it on the street.
The towed device, known as the One Street Tweeter, uses non-toxic water-soluble paint to print messages on the road. Those messages can be submitted through One’s website or Twitter account (hence the use of the word “Tweeter”), and can be up to 40 characters long. They’re printed at a speed of 5 mph (8 km/h), so brief messages are probably best.
The One Street Tweeter started printing messages around Maryland and Washington DC this week. The group is still welcoming messages, as long as they have something to do with motivating the leaders to address the issues of hunger and poverty. If your message is used, they’ll send you a photo of it.
It’s a little reminiscent of Canadian media artist Nicholas Hanna’s Water Calligraphy Device, a tricycle that uses water jets to print messages on the streets of Beijing.