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

One Street Tweeter - the Twitt...
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 One Street Tweeter uses non-toxic, water-soluble paint
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The One Street Tweeter uses non-toxic, water-soluble paint
The One Street Tweeter in action
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The One Street Tweeter in action
One of the One Street Tweeter's messages
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One of the One Street Tweeter's messages
The One Street Tweeter prints at a speed of 5 mph (8 km/h)
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The One Street Tweeter prints at a speed of 5 mph (8 km/h)
The One Street Tweeter in action
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The One Street Tweeter in action
The One Street Tweeter is sort of like a giant towed inkjet printer, which prints Tweeted messages on the road
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The One Street Tweeter is sort of like a giant towed inkjet printer, which prints 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 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.

The One Street Tweeter in action
The One Street Tweeter in action

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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3 comments
domshmom
What does it need a huge water cooled deisel generator for? Surely it cant draw so much power it couldn't run on batteries?
agulesin
"Graffiti hits the road" At least they use water-soluble ink so those tweets shouldn't stay around for too long...
Griffin
Just curious- How is that legal? Wouldn't they be liable if somebody wrecked while reading? I'd think people are distracted enough already...