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Streams tweets from users and keywords and emits equivalent Morse code via LED and/or beeper connected to the RaspberryPi that this application is running on. Supports Telnet too.

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This is a fun projector with RaspberryPi and Node.js. This project basically takes your Twitter credentials and, users and keywords that you wanted to follow. Then it streams data from Twitter, extracts the message from it, converts it to Morse code, and turns the LED or beeper attached to the specified pin (default: 11) ON or OFF based on generated Morse code.

SOS via Telnet

####Configuration If you want to drive the output (LED, beeper) from Twitter. You will have to configure your credentials from Twitter. To do that, you may need to create a Twitter app on Once you have created the app, you can use the credentials to fill the following fields in the config.js file.

conf.twitter.consumerKey = "YOUR_CONSUMER_KEY";
conf.twitter.consumerSecret = "YOUR_CONSUMER_SECRET";
conf.twitter.accessTokenKey = "YOUR_ACCESS_TOKEN_KEY";
conf.twitter.accessTokenSecret = "YOUR_ACCESS_TOKEN_SECRET";

Replace those all-caps placeholders with real values. You can now go ahead and edit the following fields to follow the desired users or keywords:

conf.users = ["naishe", "substack"];
conf.keywords = ["raspberrypi", "#wtf"];

You can play with rest of the configuration if you want.

###Running the application To be able to run the application, you need to have the following stuffs:

  1. Node.js on RaspberryPi
  2. RaspberryPi Connected to the internet
  3. A Twitter account

####Installing Node.js on Raspbian

Install Node.js on your RaspberryPi. There are many tutorials on web (here and here). One of the ways to get Node on Raspbian is running the following commands on terminal.

# Update the list of software
sudo apt-get update

# Install the latest of software
sudo apt-get upgrade

# Dowlaod the latest Node.js installer
sudo wget

# Install the downloaded file
sudo dpkg -i node_latest_armhf.deb

# Check if Node is installed properly
node -v

####Installing this application To install the application, you will need to download it from github and then install the libraries. Here is how you do it:

# checkout code from github
git clone
cd tweemorse/

# install the libraries
sudo npm install

# edit the config file to fill up your Twitter credentials
# set the users and/or keywords you want to follow
vi config.js 

# test if it starts without any error
sudo node main.js --nopi --telnet

####Having fun with Telnet If you did not want to use Twitter, and just wanted to send message to your Pi to display it in Morse code. Start the application in Telnet mode by using option --telnet. Then you can connect to the telnet server running on RaspberryPi, and send it messages that will be displayed as Morse code. Here is what you need to do:

On RaspberryPi:

# go to the tweemorse directory
cd tweemorse

# start tweemorse in telnet mode.
# this will start a telnet server listening to port 23 by default
sudo node main.js --telnet

On your machine:

#Assuming the IP address to RaspberryPi is
telnet 23

#Now send messages and see LED glow!


  1. If you just wanted to run this application on your computer and not on RaspberryPi. Install it on your machine, and start the application with --nopi option.

     sudo node main.js --nopi
     #Or, in Telnet mode
     sudo node main.js --nopi --telnet
  2. You can change Telnet port from config.js file.

  3. To increase of decrease the duration of blink, you will need to edit config.js and change conf.delayInMillis

  4. To increase the verbosity of the application console output set conf.verbose = true; in config.js.

####Circuit Just in case.

Circuit Diagram

Have fun!

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Streams tweets from users and keywords and emits equivalent Morse code via LED and/or beeper connected to the RaspberryPi that this application is running on. Supports Telnet too.



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