Terrifying Web puppet uses Twitter, Google, Skype, Arduino, and your soul
The creator of Twitr_janus apparently has a fondness for weird, creepy things, something that is readily apparent in this prototype Web-controlled puppet. An amalgamation of free digital web services and open source resources, the twitr_janus might look like an escapee from Hell, but its certainly got some nifty features under the hood.
According to Instructables user rosemarybeetle, the decidedly unsettling puppet can recite tweets directed at it, speak longer sentences entered in a Google Docs spreadsheet, move its jaw in time to its speech, and roll its eyeballs upon command. You can also wake it up remotely via Skype. A built-in webcam and microphone lets you see and hear what twitr_janus sees and hears.
The instructions for this monstrosity are delightfully detailed, and while it probably won't be too much trouble for a seasoned builder, this project will probably take longer than a weekend to assemble if you're still a novice.
Rosemarybeetle says that the Twitr_janus was a "reflection on how we take for granted "free" web communication tools" such as Twitter of Google and how we develop online personas. I'm not sure if rosemarybeetle hit his mark but this remains an intriguing idea.
Let us know if you decide to re-create it, or if you have a creation of your own that you'd like to share.