— A Twitter-powered snowblower installation

For the Christmas period 2014, Verve Live Agency created a beautiful in-store window display for their client Hunters Estate Agent. This display, located on Baggot Street Dublin, contained a Christmas-themed diorama. When walking passed the installation, the passer-by was encouraged to Tweet Hunters with the hashtag #letitsnow. On doing so, a brief 30 second light show was started along with a snow-globe effect, where fake snow was blown around the model for the duration.

To achieve the required effect, I put together a standalone Raspberry Pi installed on-site that communicated with a remote power switch over radio. The Raspberry Pi used Wifi to listen to the live Twitter stream API and when a relevant Tweet was detected it programmatically enabled the installed snowblower for 30 seconds.