Homebrew project lets you display tweets on an NES
A little birdie told us
Plenty of us check in on Twitter everyday through out mobile devices. A quick tap of the app and you’ve got an endless feed of hot takes, sponsored posts, and never-ending comment wars. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a way to read those tweets that takes much longer than usual, and through antiquated hardware? Hobbyist dev Rachel Weil has come up with the perfect solution!
Rachel has come up with the ConnectedNES, an open-source project that allows a live feed of tweets to on an NES! Believe it or not, all of this is handled through the controller port of the NES, along with some custom software. Even though this is using old tech, there’s some pretty sophisticated stuff going on behind the scenes. If you want to get into the specifics of how all of this works, you can check out Rachel’s blog right here.
Sure, it may be a silly idea that’s far from practical, but that doesn’t make it any less cool. Seeing the NES do things that Nintendo never imagined, and so many decades after the device released, will forever intrigue me. Anything that keeps the NES chugging along is fine by me!