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Twoddler: Twittering Toddlers

Disclaimer since December 3, 2009 this project has gotten quite some attention in online media. So many comments floating around in cyberspace, we feel a disclaimer is appropriate here before browsing through this webpage. Twoddler is a prototype system as a result of a course on combining hardware and software in an innovative way. It is not a commercial product nor is it available for general usage. How serious you take this, is entirely up to you!

I am a toddler and want my mommy and daddy to know how I am doing while in nursery. They are so busy, but are thinking of me all the time. I want to let them know I am also thinking about them. I can't phone them, I can't mail them and I can't write letters, but I CAN twitter! They love to feel my presence and know that I am active. And that's not all: I can also twoddler with my friends; we have our own way of communicating that is way cooler than sending text messages. We are showing off what we are doing with our activity boards. When I play, my friends can see this! The best thing is: it doesn't have to make sense, no stupid boring grown-up logic -- just playing!

Fisher Price Activity Center

Twoddler is a prototype that has been created as part of a course on mobile and pervasive computing at Hasselt University, and was designed and implemented for the Innovative and Creative Applications (INCA) 2009 awards. It hooks into an existing community website: Twitter.

We are very proud Twoddler was selected as the INCA award winner. It was a though competition with many high quality submissions (all listed at http://www.inca-award.be/). This is what the jury had to say on Twoddler: A good, well implemented idea, with a lot of potential. It allows people/children that are not capable of verbal communication to communicate through an inventive combination of hardware and software. It is this potential that we wanted to reward..
INCA 2009 Awards