Oh, No! A Snuggie That Tweets

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Well, there are houses and plants that Tweet, so the clear next step is a Snuggie that does, too. The do-it-yourself site, Instructables, has a hilarious step-by-step guide to embedding a switch into your Snuggie so that you can use your blanket thing directly to send a message like, "Mmmm... So warm in here #smuggie," to all of your Twitter followers.

The system isn't very sophisticated; you can only send out a single string of text. But it's great as a training task for those familiarizing themselves with the open-source microprocessor, Arduino, which has become popular among physical computing enthusiasts.

In any case, why am I ruining this with real-life context? The point is that someone figured out how to make your blanket Tweet!

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The New York Observer has called Madrigal "for all intents and purposes, the perfect modern reporter." He co-founded Longshot magazine, a high-speed media experiment that garnered attention from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the BBC. While at Wired.com, he built Wired Science into one of the most popular blogs in the world. The site was nominated for best magazine blog by the MPA and best science website in the 2009 Webby Awards. He also co-founded Haiti ReWired, a groundbreaking community dedicated to the discussion of technology, infrastructure, and the future of Haiti.

He's spoken at Stanford, CalTech, Berkeley, SXSW, E3, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and his writing was anthologized in Best Technology Writing 2010 (Yale University Press).

Madrigal is a visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley's Office for the History of Science and Technology. Born in Mexico City, he grew up in the exurbs north of Portland, Oregon, and now lives in Oakland.

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