Think you’ve had enough of @realDonaldTrump? Try stepping into your living room and having a live feed of the president’s hotly debated tweets on your wall. No need to turn on the news, no need to open your Twitter app — or any other form of social media. All you have to do is look at your wall.
Sound appealing? Well, maybe not. But for one man from Sweden, it’s a long-term project that’s finally come to fruition.
Tech enthusiast Peder Dinkelspiel has created a screen that can display a live feed of Trump’s tweets right on his living room wall with the help of Visionect, a digital sign company, and E Ink technology.
For years, Dinkelspiel was trying to create something like a “giant Kindle” that could display text on a wall. The idea was that the image would look less like a painting and more like it was simply part of the wall. And yes, Twitter was somehow involved.
“In my case I wanted to display the latest tweet from a dedicated Twitter account,” he said in an email. “The idea was that anyone could send a reply to that account, which would then appear on the wall.”
At the time, the precise technology he needed wasn’t available, but eventually Visionect came out with a development kit for a 32″ display.
Finally, Dinkelspiel was able to purchase the kit and get started.
So, how did this turn into a Trump live feed?
“We were now in early 2017,” Dinkelspiel said in a press release, “and the USA now had a president tweeting.”
He told Mashable that he looked into displaying other accounts, but Trump’s tweets were what really caught his attention.
“[Every time] he sent a tweet, it actually became news,” he said over the phone Thursday. “The way that he tweets is such a new way of running both politics and running the world.”
The artwork is called “Sign of the Times,” and the screen updates through Wi-Fi every five minutes. But what happens when, or if, Trump stops tweeting?
“My guess is I’ll look for the next thing to put on my wall,” he said — which, he joked, might be a blank screen displaying how sad it is that Trump’s tweets have stopped.