Garduino Phone – Saving Plants from Negligent Parents using Twilio, Arduino and Sinatra


A few months back I built some raised beds with the intention of giving my wife and I something to do on the weekends. However two things happened immediately after I built the beds that really hindered my gardening ambitions. First, the garden went totally insane sprouting up 4 foot brussel sprouts, producing more fat beets than Ryan Lewis and in general taking over our whole… Read More

Building A Twilio Powered Star Trek Communicator


As a casual fan of the Star Trek series I tread lightly when discussing The Show or anything orbiting anywhere near The Show (see: fantasy nerd). It is not the wrath of the trekkie I fear, but rather getting trapped in a debate I am wholly unqualified to participate in. Don’t misunderstand me, as a child I loved TNG. My grandparents had a grove of avocado… Read More

Max Temkin Fights Robocallers with Charles Dickens and Twilio

It’s unlikely Charles Dickens intended for his prose to be used to ward off robocallers and telemarketers. But it just works so well. Using Twilio, Max Temkin, co-creator of Cards Against Humanity and Humans vs Zombies, created a Twilio-powered line dedicated to ward off telemarketers. When they call, they’ll be greeted with the iconic lines from Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities, “it was the best… Read More

Cards, Code, and The App That Doesn’t Exist: The Magic Behind iPredict+

How do you build an app that doesn’t exist? That’s a question only a magician can answer and a problem only a hacker can solve, and the central question for Greg Rostrami, Randy Croucher and Hani Naguib, the team behind iPredict+. iPredict+ is a fortune telling app used by magicians for card prediction tricks. If all goes according to plan, no one notices the magician ever used… Read More

Build a Phone-controlled Robot Using Node.js, RN-XV WiFly, Arduino and Twilio

Weigh in on the discussion on Hacker News! This post uses the Twilio Node.JS Module and the Twilio Rest Message API Robots have fascinated me for as long as I can remember, beginning with simple circuits and eventually moving on to PIC boards. Luckily for modern evil geniuses, creating basic robots has been made easier than ever by the Arduino and its awesome community of contributors…. Read More