"One day I thought it would be nice to have one sat on your desk and started to think about what information it could produce. Twitter is perfect." Mr Vaughan spent three months assembling his version of the machine but admits a lot of that time was devoted to finding the right parts."I'm a web developer by trade so actually building stuff is quite new to me," he said. "I built it all from scratch after finding some examples online."
The device connects to a computer via an ethernet cable and pulls data from Mr Vaughan's Twitter account every 30 seconds.Any future versions could include a control panel so that the owner could programme the machine to print from a particular hashtag or from multiple accounts, he added, but his project has hit a snag.
"The main issue is that Twitter has updated its API and restricted access to third party developers," Mr Vaughan said.