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A new gadget keeps a finger on the pulse of its users and tweets about its findings in a heartbeat.


News of Michael Jackson's death of suspected cardiac arrest last week spread through the world largely courtesy of the micro blogging Web site Twitter. (According to CNN there were so many tweets being sent in the hours following the event, the site actually crashed!) If the King of Pop himself had been a Twitter user, and if he had been the owner of an Akiduki, Twitter would undoubtedly have been first to break the news of his demise.

twitter akiduki pulse box A Japanese geek forum, Koress Project, has developed a small device called an Akiduki Pulse box. The gadget monitors the pulse of users and automatically posts its findings to Twitter. (Users' pulses are taken when they press a button on the little box for a few seconds.) Since tweets can be no longer than 140 characters long, three different succinct messages will be displayed on users' Twitter feeds:

30 - 60: bradycardia now

60 - 90: normal/alive now

90 - 140: tachycardia now

Apparently there will eventually also be a fourth state that will be reported, but according to the forum, "it has not been tested yet." Speculation is that the message about this fourth state will probably be along the (flat)lines of "dead now."

Apart from disclosing a user's heartbeat information to the people who follow him/her on Twitter, the Akiduki will also offer some other evaluations about how a user is feeling. (An example cited is: "Jack needs food - badly!")

The entire Akiduki system (including firmware and hardware information) is open source. Tech blog CrunchGear reports that Koress plans to eventually commercialise the box and host seminars to teach hardware makers how to manufacture the device themselves. There is as of yet no word on whether the price of this novelty gadget will be 'okidoki' or not. But users will have to incur an additional cost, because although they won't need a PC to use the Akiduki, they will need an additional heart monitor in order for the system to work.

Translations of the hilariously enthusiastic Japanese promotional video include the following lines: "Now I can die and post this info to Twitter. That's what I call a revolution!" and "Use the Akiduki Pulse box when you do sports, are in love or don't even know yourself if you're still alive!"

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