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A wacky inventor who was obsessed with ticker tape machines from the 1800s has built a modern version, but instead of printing out stocks and shares - it prints out Tweets.<br />
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The ticker tape was invented by Thomas Edison in 1869 and wirelessly transmitted stock information across telegraph lines.<br />
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Adam Bautham, 32, was fascinated by the contraption and wanted to buy one for his own collection but found them to be incredibly expensive and hard to find.<br />
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The web development manager wanted to make his own version with a modern twist, and  built an entire machine from old clock parts that is directly linked to his Twitter feed.<br />
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The 'Twittertape' has been constructed completely out of the discarded mechanisms and runs using a micro controller and a small printer.<br />
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It links up to an internet network with an ethernet cable and automatically checks Adam's Twitter feed every 30 seconds, printing out new Tweets each time.<br />
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The device uses paper similar to a receipt roll in a supermarket till and instead of using ink, it burns the text onto the surface.<br />
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Adam spent three months building the Twittertape at home on his kitchen table and is hoping to have them commercial produced after receiving many enquiries.<br />
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The device could link up to any Twitter feed, including those owned by celebrities and companies.