Raspberry Pi Based Twitter Print Bot

by Ben_P on March 14, 2015

Cor that’s a mouthful. First off… Happy Pi day!

We’ve been informed of quite an interesting creation in celebration of Pi day. For the short and sweet and less nerdy version – essentially these guys have created a system where by you can tweet a photo to a twitter bot and create and design a t-shirt through their creation. If you want to know more indepth of how it was created check out what they’ve had to say at the bottom and definitely head over to their website for more information.

I for one am curious to see how much random stuff they get spammed to their twitter bot, certainly going to be an interesting Pi day for them. I wish them the best of luck because it does seem like an awesome simple process in the same vein as RedBubble, if you’ve got a spare 5 minutes you could create a simple doodle and make a bit of money off it if people buy your shirt!

If you can’t be bothered checking them out, or can’t be bothered reading just send an image to @tshirtplease and wait for a response. Enjoy!

Fashion brand allows customers to control their clothing factory, design and make clothing using a twitter-powered Raspberry Pi

An Eco fashion company has marked #piday by connecting a Raspberry pi to their clothing factory, and customers can control clothing design and production through twitter.

Rapanui, an Award-Winning eco clothing manufacturer from the Isle of Wight has connected a Raspberry Pi (credit card sized computers used in the teaching of basic computer science in school) to their real life factory and is allowing anyone to take control of the t-shirt making process via twitter page @tshirtplease. Rapanui has developed the page to mark #piday: Due to the date’s similarities with the famous mathematical constant, the fourteenth of March (#piday) has become popular for Raspberry Pi related educational events, projects and hackathons.

The @tshirtplease project allows anyone in the world to create a t-shirt at the Rapanui factory by Tweeting an image to @tshirtplease. The Raspberry Pi mini-computer was coded using NodeRed, an IBM software product that was developed to power the Internet of Things. It will tweet the user back a buyable t-shirt that they can save, share with their friends or buy to wear themselves. An IBM employee said this was the first recorded use of NodeRed being used to power a life internet-of-things production system.

Mart Drake-Knight, co-founder and CTO said “We recently developed an API for our factory that allows mobile and web developers to connect their applications to our factory. It’s been inspiring to see how the inspiration of #piday can help accelerate learning and product development.”

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