Ticker-tape machine prints tweets, not stock prices

Ticker-tape machine prints tweets, not stock prices

A British Web developer has built his own steampunk ticker-tape machine which prints out tweets instead of stock prices.

Invented in the 1860s, stock tickers were widely used for around a century, printing out prices which had been sent via telegraph lines.

The tickers may be obsolete in the current super-fast, if temperamental, era of high-frequency trading, but Adam Vaughan says that he finds them fascinating.

He spent three months building his own 'Twittertape' machine from scratch using parts from an old brass clock with a thermal printer and micro-controller inside a wooden base.

An ethernet connection to the Internet lets the machine check Vaughaun's Twitter feed every 30 seconds, printing out messages.

On a dedicated Web site, the inventor says that he is now planning version two, with Wifi and an integrated user control panel to widen the machine beyond Twitter to other Web-based data feeds such as Facebook and RSS.

Comments: (2)

A Finextra member
A Finextra member 23 August, 2013, 15:33Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

I love this one!  I want one!  Anybody who works in the Financial Market Data industry should have one on their desk, just to remind them what "ticker plants" are about.

A Finextra member
A Finextra member 27 August, 2013, 10:56Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

Now thats what i call legacy innovation

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