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Feb 28, 2014 9:27 PM by Stefanie Boe

A Tweet for a soda

TUCSON - A group of Tucsonans recently came up with what they call the first "Tweet to Pay" soda machine. They used a 1980's machine with an ethernet connected computer and internal speakers to create it.

By tying into the Twitter API, team Tweet-a-Cola generates a credit on the machine and triggers an audio "tweet" sound to let the end customer know that the machine is ready to dispense.

Team "Tweet-a-Cola" members include Ian Tracey, Steven Eiselen, Ocean Tenborg, Beau Graham, Andrew Prosch, and Matt "Ratchet" Rios, Program Manager at Maker House.

Tony Ford, COO of ArtFire.com, sponsor of the soda machine project, says "This is more than just a tech project; it is social commentary on the fact that your personal data is sold every day by hundreds of companies. This project allows you to get something for your online persona. It's a little bit of quid pro quo for the modern age."

To see the soda machine in action, visit Maker House at 283 N Stone Ave. To buy someone a soda just send a tweet with the hashtag #azmakerhouse. The machine will be on display along with other "maker" projects at Maketopolis Tucson 2014: Out of the Workshop and Into the World Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Photos Courtesy: Maker House Facebook page

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