A web developer from Cumbria has built a modern version of a 19th Century ticker-tape engine which prints out tweets. The creator Adam Vaughan supposed the 'twitter tapes' device was built from scratch using second-hand parts from clocks and other sources. The wooden foot hides a thermal printer and a micro-controller. Share prices were conventionally disseminated via telegraph lines and printed out on ticker-tape machines.
They were invented in 1867 and some unique machines are now considered to be high value antiques. According to Adam Vaughan, One day I thought it would be nice to have one sat on your desk and started to think about what information it could produce Twitter is perfect. The device connects to a computer via an ethernet cable and pulls information from Mr. Vaughan's Twitter account every 30 seconds.