Miguel the Electric Eel Uses Raspberry Pi to Tweet



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An electric eel at Tennessee Aquarium has been tweeting from his tank, thanks to a modified Raspberry Pi. The eel, named Miguel Wattson, triggers tweets whenever he expels an electrical discharge. The charge is detected by sensors hooked up to a Raspberry Pi, which triggers a tweet – purporting to be from Miguel, but written by the aquarium’s team – to the eel’s Twitter account, @EelectricMiguel.

“In the wild, Electric Eels use their voltage to navigate, stun prey and as a defense mechanism,” said Brad Thompson from the Tennessee Aquarium. “They have complete control of their discharges varying the amount of energy released to meet their needs.”

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The project was set up in conjunction with the Tennessee Tech University’s Business Media Center.  “This was a really fun project for our multi-disciplinary team,” Kevin Liska, director of the Business Media Center, said. “They combined electrical engineering and emerging business communication to give the eel a voice.”

Source: PRWeb


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