As much as we love Twitter, when we spotted Twoddler on Wired we were a bit taken back...Twitter for toddlers? Twoddler, developed by Hasselt University in Belgium, as part of a course on mobile and pervasive computing, is a modified Fisher Price Activity Center that allows toddlers to tweet.
Twoddler is basically a Fisher Price Activity Center enhanced with pictures of family members and friends, and an Arduino board inside. The sensors connected to the Arduino board translate activities into Twitter messages posted on the toddler's personal Twitter account and can also be sent to another Activity Center to generate effects.
What would this look like? The team at Hasselt provide this example: when Yorin plays with mommy's picture for over 3 minutes, a Twitter message will be posted saying "@mommy_yorin Yorin misses mommy and looks forward playing with her this evening", or when Yorin is hitting the doorbell button four times in a row, a Twitter message will be posted saying "Yorin is showing off his music skills with a new tune".
Twoddler was developed in an effort to learn more about how to support the online presence of toddlers for their parents. Our question is though, is this something we need supported? While we think the concept is interesting, we are not sure we really want our toddler tweeting nor are we particularly interested in reading their tweets.
What do you think? Is this a good way to introduce your child to Twitter? Would you like to read your toddler's tweets?
For more information, Twoddler Project.