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Arduino and LEGO Projects by Jon Lazar

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CHAPTER 3

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Twitter Pet

We are entering an era of the “Internet of Things” where everyday objects can connect to the Internet. Is your toast ready? Are your clothes dry? Do your plants need watering? They could each contact you on Twitter or e-mail and send you updates in the near future, if not now.

There are also devices that will monitor the Internet for you, like the Karotz. The Karotz is a rabbit-shaped device that sits on one’s desk and moves or flashes lights depending on different online stimulus by connecting to a server or by proximity to a keychain with a radio-frequency identification (RFID) chip, which the Karotz can read and react ...

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