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IBM Patents Tweeting Remote Control

CmdrTaco posted more than 4 years ago | from the just-put-a-clock-in-something dept.

IBM 282

Fluffeh writes "IBM has applied for a patent on a network-enabled smart remote control that sends out a message to Twitter, Facebook or a blog when you start watching a TV show." Hopefully this launches an exciting patent landgrab of devices that are socially enabled. Your car can tweet when you leave your garage. Your dishwasher can tweet when the load is done. Your skillet can tweet when your eggs are burnt. And they say innovation is dead.

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Wow. (4, Funny)

moogied (1175879) | more than 4 years ago | (#29273871)

There goes using a remote control to watch porn. The naked walk to my TV to change the channel is gonna get annoying real fast :(

sony/chrome story.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29273901)

There was an unknown error in the submission.

Re:Wow. (5, Funny)

Chrisq (894406) | more than 4 years ago | (#29273931)

Not so fast...
You may avoid the twitter enabled remote but your wife also installed a motion-detector webcam that will post to twitter with a link to youtube.

Re:Wow. (4, Funny)

moogied (1175879) | more than 4 years ago | (#29274059)

Woah woah woah.. wife? INSTALLING?

Re:Wow. (2, Informative)

palegray.net (1195047) | more than 4 years ago | (#29274261)

Mine's at home learning Perl right now... on her Linux laptop... of course, she is pregnant, so the moodiness does balance out the cool factor a little ;).

Re:Wow. The moral we learn here is... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29274397)

...get a wife!

Re:Wow. (1)

statusbar (314703) | more than 4 years ago | (#29274025)

But the reality is that no one will care to read your tweets unless you are a politician or a star.

--jeffk++

Re:Wow. (2, Insightful)

commodore64_love (1445365) | more than 4 years ago | (#29274103)

This whole Twitter phenomenon seems to reinforce the narcissistic personality common in today's 25 or younger crowd. They think 'Everyone will want to know I watched Top Model tonight, and 90210 and Gossip Girl last night.'

Re:Wow. (3, Funny)

russotto (537200) | more than 4 years ago | (#29274207)

This whole Twitter phenomenon seems to reinforce the narcissistic personality common in today's 25 or younger crowd. They think 'Everyone will want to know I watched Top Model tonight, and 90210 and Gossip Girl last night.'

I patent using twitter to obtain viewer information for TV ratings. (Claim 2 is "The system of claim 1 where the viewer demographic is persons 25 or younger")

Re:Wow. (5, Insightful)

cayenne8 (626475) | more than 4 years ago | (#29274241)

Am I the only one left in the US that doesn't want everyone to know my every move of every day life??

Frankly, I prefer being anonymous for most of the time, until "I" choose to make myself known to my friends. I call it 'getting together with them for drinks....'

Re:Wow. (2, Funny)

Duradin (1261418) | more than 4 years ago | (#29274453)

I can neither confirm nor deny that you are the only one in the US that doesn't want everyone to know their every move of everyday life.

Re:Wow. (5, Insightful)

eln (21727) | more than 4 years ago | (#29274455)

It's not necessarily that I do or don't want anyone to know what I'm doing, it's that I have this overwhelming feeling that nobody gives a shit. I've tried twitter, and I will "tweet" maybe once or twice a month, but even at that pace I pretty much assume that no one cares about what I decide to tweet about and I'm essentially just wasting time shouting into the ether. So, I mostly stick to the occasional humorous (to me, anyway) comment, and don't bother with the day to day details of my life.

It seems to me that people who regularly tweet about every little thing have some sort of deep-seated need for constant validation from the outside world. They post personal details in order to evoke some kind of response just to show that someone, somewhere is paying attention to them. I find that sort of mentality kind of sad, but apparently it's a lot more common than I would have thought.

Ok, but you have to tweet about that (2, Funny)

mollog (841386) | more than 4 years ago | (#29274523)

Ok to get together with your friends...as long as you tweet about it.

Seriously, this whole auto-tweeting thing has a lot of useful applications; a real-time life logger. Now we need to make triggers based on the tweets that start other activities. Tweet my dog when I get into my car at the end of the work day. Actually, that dog knows when I'm coming home, so that's a waste. Some sort of weird, semi-obsessive dog radar.

How about tweeting when my mother-in-law pulls into my street? I can turn out the lights.

Re:Wow. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29274395)

shew, thank goodness I am 27, otherwise I might fall into your stereotype that is always correct.

Re:Wow. (1)

slim (1652) | more than 4 years ago | (#29274421)

They think 'Everyone will want to know I watched Top Model tonight, and 90210 and Gossip Girl last night.'

If this hypothetical twitterer has an appreciable number of followers, it would appear they're right. I mean, not "everybody" is interested, but if a handful are, then where's the harm?

I just don't understand the hostility.

I follow quite a few people on Twitter. If they bombarded me with drivel, I'd unfollow them.

Re:Wow. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29274509)

I think you're looking at the wrong group. "...more than 90 percent of popular Twitter client Tweetdeck's audience is over 25. Furthermore, Twitter.com's reach is 6.6 percent for kids, teens and young adults, whereas it is 12.1 percent for those over 25; implying that adults are trying Twitter at nearly double the rate." Teens Don't Tweet [nielsen.com]

Got a better one... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29274337)

Hey tweet tweet...

"Dumped a log... Pretty big, clogged the toilet!"

Oh wait, tweet recognizes this and sends out message to plumber...

"big log dump alert, backed up... Address X, Y, Z" .... I want to see that patent!

Yes! (5, Informative)

MyLongNickName (822545) | more than 4 years ago | (#29273877)

Now when I go to a friend's Twitter, I can know when his toilet has finished filling up after a flush.

I LOVE THE TWENTY FIRST CENTURY!!!!!!111!!!!

Narcissism (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29274035)

This "invention" sounds like a narcissist's dream. Actually, that's what the internet is turning into: social networking == one big pile of narcissistic shit.

Re:Yes! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29274287)

I thought I read,

I Love the TWITTER 1st CENTURY!

Re:Yes! (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29274351)

Better than knowing it's filled up before a flush.

Re:Yes! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29274375)

I look forward to knowing that you're on the way to the bathroom, so I don't try to call you or possibly use the same bathroom. Similarly, it would be very useful to know when and what you're eating, along with a mini-review. Twitter is INCREDIBLE!

this should be easy (1)

blitzkrieg3 (995849) | more than 4 years ago | (#29273881)

Ugh, can someone say prior art? [freshmeat.net]

Re:this should be easy (4, Informative)

Richard_at_work (517087) | more than 4 years ago | (#29273991)

I really wish people would stop saying the equivilent of 'oooh oooh prior art' without ever reading the actual patent.

The primary reason why AutoProfile is not prior art is because the IBM patent specifically refers to a:

remote controller, suitable for use while viewing media programming and content

and:

The enhanced remote controller allows the viewer to both communicate with a blogging server, and thus to a blogging service, as well as to display responses to and from other bloggers with whom the viewer is communicating. These blog communications may be accomplished without the viewer having to leave the broadcast receiver of the television.

which AutoProfile is not and has no functionality for.

Read the patent before jumping to conclusions.

Re:this should be easy (1)

iamhigh (1252742) | more than 4 years ago | (#29274381)

allows a viewer to autoblog about currently experienced media programming in real-time without having to resort to direct interaction with a computer to perform the autoblogging

It's a device run on electricity, controlled by a logic board/proc, uses a display device and keyboard/buttons for input/output, that sends and receives data via http, and can send IR signals to a compatible device.

How is this not interacting with a computer? And it doesn't sound all that novel now, does it?

Re:this should be easy (1)

Desler (1608317) | more than 4 years ago | (#29274577)

How is this not interacting with a computer? And it doesn't sound all that novel now, does it?

According to this logic no invention in the history of computing has ever been novel because it can all just be broken down to "interacting with a computer".

Re:this should be easy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29274631)

Or just jump on the mat...

Re:this should be easy (1)

denis-The-menace (471988) | more than 4 years ago | (#29274023)

But it's done via Twitter not "by Internet" (TM) or "by hand" (eew, eew, eew) /Sarcasm

Suppress innovation (4, Insightful)

slim (1652) | more than 4 years ago | (#29273885)

Hopefully this launches an exciting patent landgrab of devices that are socially enabled.

... or suppresses any such innovation, since there's a prior patent.

Re:Suppress innovation (3, Insightful)

Dr. Eggman (932300) | more than 4 years ago | (#29273969)

For once, I would welcome the squashing of these 'innovations'...

I for one welcome our new "digital DDT" patent overlords!

Re:Suppress innovation (1)

christurkel (520220) | more than 4 years ago | (#29274513)

That was a joke, son.

That's patentable? (1)

dfn5 (524972) | more than 4 years ago | (#29273889)

I've got to patent the tweeting toilet

Re:That's patentable? (2, Insightful)

six11 (579) | more than 4 years ago | (#29273975)

I've got to patent the tweeting toilet

Nah... prior art. Sort of. Obligatory Penny Arcade Twitter Comic [penny-arcade.com] .

Re:That's patentable? (1)

c_sd_m (995261) | more than 4 years ago | (#29274401)

Not sort of: Toronto Hack Lab Toilet [twitter.com] and Mike's Toilet [twitter.com] . They're both following a flatulent office-worker's chair.

Re:That's patentable? (1)

Trebuchet (98044) | more than 4 years ago | (#29274341)

It's been done. [aculei.net]

Stupendous! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29273895)

Who sez basic research is on the decline?

USA! USA!

Eureka! (1)

SydShamino (547793) | more than 4 years ago | (#29273897)

For all those entrepreneurs who were innovative enough to come up with the original idea of doing [something] on the internet, this represents the next revolution to come out of their R&D parks.

And they say that fundamental research is dead.

Yeah... Well... (3, Funny)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 4 years ago | (#29273915)

My Mouse Tweets anytime I click on anything, if its inside the web browser it tweets the URL I'm at, if its inside a game it tweets my headshots, and if I'm working it tweets how much I'm NOT on /.

Re:Yeah... Well... (1)

CopaceticOpus (965603) | more than 4 years ago | (#29274593)

My mouse is similar, but every time I move it, it tweets the current (x, y) screen position, the current application, and twitpics with a screen shot and a webcam image. My keyboard works in much the same way for keypresses.

I've produced 743 tweets while writing this message. Oh wait, I just scrolled a bit - 1142 tweets.

My door can tweet when I forget to lock it! (3, Funny)

jeffb (2.718) (1189693) | more than 4 years ago | (#29273919)

My sidearm can tweet when it's unloaded! The possibilities are endless!

Re:My door can tweet when I forget to lock it! (0, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29274007)

That is just asking for the criminals to know exactly when to strike you down:

"His door is unlocked AND his sidearm is unloaded, lets get him now!"

Re:My door can tweet when I forget to lock it! (2, Funny)

camperdave (969942) | more than 4 years ago | (#29274473)

"His door is unlocked AND his sidearm is unloaded, lets get him now!"
<BLAM!>
"AAAHH! The tweet was a lie!"

Guys, I don't get it (2, Insightful)

mcgrew (92797) | more than 4 years ago | (#29273929)

Twitter, I mean. I don't understand why it's so popular, am I just getting old?

What's its draw?

Re:Guys, I don't get it (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29273957)

It's like an RSS feed, but you don't need any measure of competence to use it.

Re:Guys, I don't get it (4, Insightful)

Hoplite3 (671379) | more than 4 years ago | (#29273979)

There's a lot of twits out there, and they needed their own messaging protocol.

As far as I see it, it doesn't break my leg or steal my car. They can have at it. Just like they had at Second Life and whatever the revolution-of-the-future was before that.

Re:Guys, I don't get it (3, Insightful)

Spad (470073) | more than 4 years ago | (#29273987)

Twitter is just an extension of MyFace & SpaceBook in that it allows you to create an even greater illusion that the mundane and tedious facets of your everyday life are something that thousands, nay millions of people are desperate to read about. So desperate, in fact, that they can't even wait for a daily rundown and must instead know about them within seconds of them occuring.

Now, not only can you pretend that you've got more friends than some random people on the internet, but also that said friends care in the slightest about what you do.

Re:Guys, I don't get it (1)

TheGratefulNet (143330) | more than 4 years ago | (#29274009)

pretty much spot-on.

for the short-attention-span gener-

OH, SHINY THING. look at that!

sorry. what was I saying again?

Re:Guys, I don't get it (1)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 4 years ago | (#29274031)

Instantaneous updates about whatever you want whenever you want -

Even if you don't Tweet yourself, you can follow your favourite Bands, Companies like NASA, conferences like TED, etc etc... To recieve the latest and greatest updates as fast as possible without having to look it up on a site like Slashdot, or potentially missing it if it passes the front page.

Also, if you're of the socially active teenager age, its easy for parents and friends alike to know whats going on when. One of your friends comes down with the flu, they tweet about it, you know they won't be at the party. Etc etc.

Essentially what you're asking is "Why are quick updates so popular? Back in my day we had to WAIT for the MAIL" and I hope that after reading my comment you realize how ridiculous it is to bash Twitter so much. I agree alot of people tweet about nothing, and their lives are uninteresting, such devices like the TV Tweeting remote are marketted to these people. However, that is NOT the "Draw" of twitter.

Re:Guys, I don't get it (1)

RingDev (879105) | more than 4 years ago | (#29274167)

You have managed to tweak my interest in Twitter.

I am suddenly compelled to tweet about someone else's life. Since my life is infact boring.

I think I'll go tweet about using hypnosis to escape from a hungry tiger. That would be exciting!

-Rick

Re:Guys, I don't get it (2)

Minwee (522556) | more than 4 years ago | (#29274215)

Essentially what you're asking is "Why are quick updates so popular? Back in my day we had to WAIT for the MAIL" and I hope that after reading my comment you realize how ridiculous it is to bash Twitter so much.

So basically all you have to do is believe that every other form of communication takes a Really Long Time to complete and then suddenly the advantages to doing everything Instantly(tm) with Twitter(tm) become obvious.

Now if you'll excuse me it's almost time for the emailman to come by and make his daily delivery. I don't want to miss this or I'll have to wait until tomorrow to find out anything.

Re:Guys, I don't get it (1)

Sobrique (543255) | more than 4 years ago | (#29274387)

Hmm, there is a difference though between twitter and email - twitter's more of a 'broadcast' - I might mail a party organizer to say 'sorry won't make it' but the rest of my circle of friends who might or might not already be attending? *shrug*. Put up a 'broadcast' on a blog (or twitter) and then people who care enough to read it will know, and those that don't ... well, don't care.
I think it's a very elegant solution, because it encourages people to drivel ON TWITTER rather than anywhere else. And thus I can minimise my drivel by just not reading twitter at all.
At least, until they find the '... and replicate to my blog' functionality, which is an internet-face-stabbing-offense.

Re:Guys, I don't get it (1)

L0rdJedi (65690) | more than 4 years ago | (#29274295)

Also, if you're of the socially active teenager age, its easy for parents and friends alike to know whats going on when. One of your friends comes down with the flu, they tweet about it, you know they won't be at the party. Etc etc.

If a friend comes down with the flu, I'd expect them to be staying in bed, not up using Twitter. Geez, it's not like they can't make a quick phone call to say "Hey, got the flu, can't make it tonight". Next thing you know people will be tweeting about catching on fire, expecting someone to read it and call the fire dept. Or they'll be tweeting about breaking an arm or leg instead of calling for help and getting to the hospital to get it fixed.

Yes, I know that teenagers these days find it necessary to text their every move to all their friends. I don't understand it one bit. Twitter takes attention whoring to a whole new level.

Re:Guys, I don't get it (1)

tomhath (637240) | more than 4 years ago | (#29274071)

Technology reporters need to report on something, Twitter will get coverage until the Next Big Thing comes along, then it will fade away.

Re:Guys, I don't get it (1)

earlymon (1116185) | more than 4 years ago | (#29274179)

I don't understand why it's so popular, am I just getting old?

As obnoxiousness and laziness increases in popularity, so too does its codec, Twitter.

Re:Guys, I don't get it (1)

slim (1652) | more than 4 years ago | (#29274181)

You get a '+1 Insightful' for not 'getting' something nowadays?

The appeal is that you can very conveniently get updated whenever some person/organisation/thing has something to broadcast.

Likewise if you're the person/organisation/thing it's very convenient to broadcast things. Yeah, there's the 140 char limit, but that can include links.

So far, this doesn't really outdo RSS. The big plus is the ability to query the whole "twitterverse" using a centralised API.

Twitter washing machine? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29273933)

ehhh, already done? http://hackaday.com/2009/01/02/twittering-washing-machine/

Hooray for Patents (2, Insightful)

donutello (88309) | more than 4 years ago | (#29273941)

This patent will prevent most remote-control manufacturers from ever producing a device that does this.

I'm going to go out and patent all kinds of devices being "socially"-enabled. It's the only way to be sure.

Re:Hooray for Patents (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29274233)

This has it's uses. Some people mock it, but it would be nice to have regular daily things that are "monitored' and let you know in one form or another when the task has been completed.

You could even script it - automate it so that your eggs don't start cooking until the bacon tweets that it is done, the toast doesn't start until the eggs are done, etc. and in the meantime you could be showering and getting dressed. That would mean I could sleep an extra 20 minutes!

On the other hand, I think Twitter is the most useless, self-propagandizing, worthless pile of "why won't this go away" trash since Facebook. One of my "friends" has a fanpage for himself. I have another friend that is a newlywed ("I love you honeybuns", "Oh, I love you too shmookums").

Re:Hooray for Patents (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29274495)

You could even script it - automate it so that your eggs don't start cooking until the bacon tweets that it is done, the toast doesn't start until the eggs are done, etc

If you had the gadgets to do all that you wouldn't need to use Twitter.

Re:Hooray for Patents (1)

NevarMore (248971) | more than 4 years ago | (#29274457)

Hardly. It ensures that since an engineer at IBM had the idea on the company dime, that IBM gets first crack at implementing that idea

A patent does not automatically mean that IBM won't license the technology. A patent does not mean that IBM won't just say "we recorded this for posterity, do what you want with it". A patent does not mean that IBM will give two flaming shits about a cheap remote that Tweets.

bling bling (0, Offtopic)

d-r0ck (1365765) | more than 4 years ago | (#29273943)

He once was a dog from around the way... [so you better take it]
Eazy! [and I'm surfin on chrome]
He once was a dog from around the way... [so you better take it]
Eazy! [and I'm surfin on chrome]

I just got paid...
It's Friday night...
I'm surfin on chrome...
And I'm feelin alright...

Getting out of control (1)

bogaboga (793279) | more than 4 years ago | (#29273945)

In my opinion, this patent business is fast getting out of control. Now that's my opinion.

Another idea!!! (0)

Tree131 (643930) | more than 4 years ago | (#29273947)

Can my condoms tweet when I come?

Re:Another idea!!! (1)

Half-pint HAL (718102) | more than 4 years ago | (#29274001)

Can my condoms tweet when I come?

And that would generate how many more tweets a lifetime? 1? 2

HAL.

Re:Another idea!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29274053)

I'm back!

I'm going outside!

I'm back!

Re:Another idea!!! (1)

matria (157464) | more than 4 years ago | (#29274131)

I was just thinking they should tweet if they break!

Re:Another idea!!! (1)

PPH (736903) | more than 4 years ago | (#29274571)

Hypothetically, yes.

Tweeting mouse trap (3, Interesting)

hansamurai (907719) | more than 4 years ago | (#29273963)

Couple of months ago I was in Agile training at work and our ad-hoc group was tasked with making a better mouse trap. We decided to create a mouse trap (on paper) that would report its status via Twitter. Whether the trap was sprung, caught a mouse, was out of bait, etc.

Seems like it would be great to have a private network of twitter-enabled devices where only you or friends would be able to monitor their status. There's way too many privacy concerns with an open network like Twitter.

I am dissapoint. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29273971)

Oh IBM you disappoint me, and here I thought you continued to have class.

I know how to monetize this... (1)

Red Flayer (890720) | more than 4 years ago | (#29273985)

Your car can tweet when you leave your garage. Your dishwasher can tweet when the load is done. Your skillet can tweet when your eggs are burnt.

We all know the actual means of monetizing of this... your vibrator will tweet when it turns on.

Actually, I should rephrase that. The vibrator will tweet. It's never *your* vibrator, of course.

I for one... (2, Funny)

gestalt_n_pepper (991155) | more than 4 years ago | (#29273989)

welcome our new tweeting masters (i.e. twits)

Twitter aware tweetting application (2, Funny)

dam.capsule.org (183256) | more than 4 years ago | (#29274045)

I am tweetting
I am tweetting
I am tweetting
I am tweetting
I am tweetting
I am tweetting
I am tweetting
^C^C^C

Mmmm maybe that is not such a good idea, forget it

Read this and apply directly to the forehead (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29274051)

Amusing Ourselves to Death [recombinantrecords.net]

For those of you who still have the capacity to read,

What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one. Orwell feared those who would deprive us of information. Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egoism. Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance. Orwell feared we would become a captive culture. Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture, preoccupied with some equivalent of the feelies, the orgy porgy, and the centrifugal bumblepuppy. As Huxley remarked in Brave New World Revisited, the civil libertarians and rationalists who are ever on the alert to oppose tyranny "failed to take into account man's almost infinite appetite for distractions". In 1984, Huxley added, people are controlled by inflicting pain. In Brave New World, they are controlled by inflicting pleasure. In short, Orwell feared that what we hate will ruin us. Huxley feared that what we love will ruin us.

Tweets of Houshold Devices (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29274055)

I am not sure if any of my home appliances (e.g. things like chairs, bathtub, toilet, door, refrigerator, etc.) send me a message via a twitter like service. I really do not see the benefits for the rest of the world (except big companies who likes to spy on you anyway), when my bathroom sends messages like: toilet occupied (2:00pm), toilet paper used 5m (20m left) (2:30pm), toilet flushed (2:35pm), washbowl used (2:36pm), toilet free (2:37pm). Actually I want to keep such things private. This includes the content of my refrigerator, my TV program (oh actually I do not use TV anymore, I use OTR and the video on demand (for news)).
And I do not need a tweet: Your house is burning (click here for video stream). I rather like, when my house is calling the fire department.

Awesome! (1)

HalAtWork (926717) | more than 4 years ago | (#29274075)

Now you don't even have to write your own blog, you just do stuff and something online records it! Oh well, I guess it puts the "log" back in blog.

Big Blue-ness (1)

hawkd_sf (947623) | more than 4 years ago | (#29274109)

IBM--automating burglars since 2009....

Men of the world, be afraid (1)

The Archon V2.0 (782634) | more than 4 years ago | (#29274133)

I'm watching: CBS
2 minutes ago from IBM TwitteRemote

I'm watching: ABC
2 minutes ago from IBM TwitteRemote

I'm watching: NBC
2 minutes ago from IBM TwitteRemote

I'm watching: ETWN
2 minutes ago from IBM TwitteRemote

I'm watching: Playboy Channel
5 minutes ago from IBM TwitteRemote

I'm watching: ETWN
5 minutes ago from IBM TwitteRemote

I'm watching: Playboy Channel
5 minutes ago from IBM TwitteRemote

I'm watching: CNN
5minutes ago from IBM TwitteRemote

I'm watching: ABC (Mountain Time affiliate)
6 minutes ago from IBM TwitteRemote

I'm watching: NBC (Central Time affiliate)
7 minutes ago from IBM TwitteRemote

I'm watching: CBS (Mountain Time affiliate)
7 minutes ago from IBM TwitteRemote

I'm watching: Bravo!
7minutes ago from IBM TwitteRemote

I'm watching: Cartoon Network
7minutes ago from IBM TwitteRemote

I'm watching: CBS
7 minutes ago from IBM TwitteRemote

I'm watching: ABC
8 minutes ago from IBM TwitteRemote

I'm watching: NBC
8 minutes ago from IBM TwitteRemote

Overboard much? (1)

kheldan (1460303) | more than 4 years ago | (#29274147)

Twitter-enabled refrigerator, so everyone knows you're cheating on your diet? How about a twitter-enabled condom, so everyone on your friends list knows when you get lucky? Twitter-enabled shoes, so you send a message with every step? Twitter-enabled toilet? After all, don't all your friends need to know every time you go take a dump?

Chicks Twitter (1)

mindbrane (1548037) | more than 4 years ago | (#29274149)

Twitter's a girl thing. Guys won't put up with it anymore than they'd ask for directions. And we've got to have a knack or secret decoder ring, some blatant twitter thing ain't gonna cut it. "Your skillet can tweet when your eggs are burnt. And they say innovation is dead." Innovation is refusing to time boiling eggs with a clock but using the toaster settting to pop toast at just the right darkness that after the toast is butter and set out it's time to take the eggs out. It's deep dark secret guy stuff. Like cave paintings. Twitter is for chicks.

Re:Chicks Twitter (1)

tekrat (242117) | more than 4 years ago | (#29274259)

I believe your headline should have been "Chicks Tweet".
Fixed that for you.

Re:Chicks Twitter (1)

RetroGeek (206522) | more than 4 years ago | (#29274625)

I believe your headline should have been "Chicks Tweet".

So in Britain they would be known as "Tweety Birds"?

Re:Chicks Twitter (1)

mindbrane (1548037) | more than 4 years ago | (#29274291)

Twitter's probably a great way to hit on girls. Has anyone written a guide to social hacks for twitter? Formated into twitter the world's greatest collection of one liners guaranteed to get girls to talk to you? Grandpa had a bunch of books on how to win friends and influence people, maybe it's time to revive those, rebrand everything and feed it to the noobs? ...profit!

can I shut down tweeters remotely with a tweet? (1)

jollyreaper (513215) | more than 4 years ago | (#29274151)

Cuz that would be awesome.

question (1)

Tom (822) | more than 4 years ago | (#29274157)

That kind of leaves the question: What the f*&$ do you talk about when you meet your friends? I mean, they already know every detail of your live from Twitter, and then there's weather.com...

Re:question (1)

glop (181086) | more than 4 years ago | (#29274599)

Well, there is always a good Emacs vs. Vi conversation. That somehow always seems fresh, lively and important. Of course, you need the right kind of friends ;-)

Patent cooked food, air, water, clothes. (1)

h00manist (800926) | more than 4 years ago | (#29274183)

Why did nobody patent breathing [freepatentsonline.com] , drinking mechanisms [freepatentsonline.com] , water filters [freepatentsonline.com] , bottled water [freepatentsonline.com] , and clothing [freepatentsonline.com] , or sewing [freepatentsonline.com] ? How about the process of applying heat to food? [freepatentsonline.com] Then they could sue any human being for being alive and not paying royalties. No matter. The race to patent human DNA [popsci.com] is on, lawsuits over the right included.

All I hear is Tweet (1)

HikingStick (878216) | more than 4 years ago | (#29274191)

Tweet...tweet...tweet...tweet...tweet...tweet...

Would someone hurry up and give those baby birds some chewed up worm pieces? I'm trying to get some rest here.

And this is new how?? (1)

dyfet (154716) | more than 4 years ago | (#29274235)

I recall an annoying plugin for pidgen that advertises what music people are playing/listening to. Heck, there are far older examples of such things for irc, and over 5 years ago we had an annoying plugin for Bayonne that would announce incoming calls and other noteworthy events over im. Nice to see IBM has finally "caught up" ;).

If my toilet seat could tweet... (3, Funny)

dpbsmith (263124) | more than 4 years ago | (#29274293)

I think it would be sweet if my toilet seat could tweet, and announce each major feat every time that I excrete. If the flowing bowl's replete I don't want to be discrete; I would tweet to the elite "Look at how I can compete!"

Re:If my toilet seat could tweet... (1)

dpbsmith (263124) | more than 4 years ago | (#29274309)

Aw, jeez, I meant "discreet," of course. "Preview" is just no substitute for "Edit," darn it.

Twitter enabled underwear (0, Redundant)

kraksmoka (561333) | more than 4 years ago | (#29274301)

It blasts a message over twitter when you let rip a blast? Do not mod this redundant, hahahah

text me or tweet it to the world? (1)

egburr (141740) | more than 4 years ago | (#29274305)

I wouldn't mind if my car texted me when it left the garage, especially if I wasn't inside it! It would be nice if my dishwasher, washing machine, and dryer would text me when they finish. But why would I need or even want to announce things like that to the rest of the world? And why would the rest of the world even care?!

As for the TV remote, I guess it would make an interesting replacement for Neilson's ratings. I guess it would be good for friends who really, really like to keep up with shows to talk about. But, even if I wanted to, I wouldn't ever be able to use it, since my computer doesn't have an interface for it to select the shows I watch on Hulu.

Prior Art (3, Funny)

aethelwyrd (1410845) | more than 4 years ago | (#29274339)

This totally infringes on my patent for doing something stupid with twitter.

Worthless Patent (1)

Rob Riggs (6418) | more than 4 years ago | (#29274365)

My MythTV makes my viewing habits network accessible. I may not publish it for general consumption, but that's a choice, not a patentable design decision.

And I never laugh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29274377)

I don't know why, but this made me laugh unbelievably hard. It's probably a combination of the words "tweet" and "skillet".

TMI (1)

Cro Magnon (467622) | more than 4 years ago | (#29274391)

It's bad enough when someone I know announces that they're taking a dump. Now, the TOILET can announce it!

To Twitter. Why? (1)

PPH (736903) | more than 4 years ago | (#29274413)

Better to send me an SMS message directly (prior art). Twitter is for one to many broadcasts. How many people out there want to know when my eggs are burnt?

the good new is... (1)

mcouper (128103) | more than 4 years ago | (#29274483)

that Twitter's systems will get completely overwhelmed and the cost of remaining in 'business' will finally become obviously unjustified.

Defending Twitter (1)

RabidMoose (746680) | more than 4 years ago | (#29274539)

You guys do realize that Twitter accounts can be set to "Private", right? Only the people you let in can see what you post, if you want it to be that way.

Lets say I create four private accounts; "Dad", "Mom", "Big Kid", "Little Kid". I allow all of them to see each other, but nobody else can see them. You now have an instant, anywhere-you-are, refrigerator family note system. For the record, it is also easy to send a direct message to somebody, like when Dad asks Mom to call the babysitter so they can have a romantic night out.

My friends and I (all in our mid twenties) use it for impromptu planning. Last night's BSG board game wouldn't have happened without Twitter. One quick text message, and my friend had let 12 of us know that he was getting off work earlier than expected, and were free to drop by. Five of us RSVP'd, and a fun night was had.

Lets take the idea presented by this article. I create a group of private twitter accounts: "MyHouse", "MyWasherDryer", "MySprinklerSystem", "MyModem", "MyServer", etc. My family are the only followers, and choose the things they care about to send them a SMS when an event occurs. With a proper setup back on the home side, you can direct message back to one of these accounts, and suddenly have a DIY home automation system.

I believe that the only people who haven't found a good use for Twitter yet, just aren't being creative enough with it, or flat out refuse to have anything to do with it because of the stigma that it's only used by idiots to keep up with celebrities. Give it a try, poke around for a bit, and be creative.
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