One Street Tweeter - the Twitter-powered road-painting printer


May 18, 2012

The One Street Tweeter is sort of like a giant towed inkjet printer, which paints Tweeted messages on the road

The One Street Tweeter is sort of like a giant towed inkjet printer, which paints Tweeted messages on the road

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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.

Source: One via The Verge

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Ben Coxworth An experienced freelance writer, videographer and television producer, Ben's interest in all forms of innovation is particularly fanatical when it comes to human-powered transportation, film-making gear, environmentally-friendly technologies and anything that's designed to go underwater. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta, where he spends a lot of time going over the handlebars of his mountain bike, hanging out in off-leash parks, and wishing the Pacific Ocean wasn't so far away. All articles by Ben Coxworth

What does it need a huge water cooled deisel generator for? Surely it cant draw so much power it couldn't run on batteries?


"Graffiti hits the road"

At least they use water-soluble ink so those tweets shouldn't stay around for too long...


Just curious- How is that legal?

Wouldn't they be liable if somebody wrecked while reading?

I'd think people are distracted enough already...

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