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04/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Connected Tree: Twitter Tree Tweets About Its Feelings (VIDEO)

It's a tree than can tweet!

At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Ericsson showed off 'Connected Tree,' a Twitter-enabled orange tree that can sense changes in the electromagnetic field around it and is able to post tweets that reflect its 'mood.'

Ericsson explains,

The tree's responses aren't random -- they are based on the activity around it. When someone moves away from it the tree will express its "loneliness" with a particular tune and a tweet. When several visitors are competing for its attention, it will comment on how busy it is. A special response is generated when someone touches the tree and an SMS is sent to the passerby´s mobile phone.

Connected Tree's Twitter posts have included reflections such as,

161 touches and not a single drink. What does a girl have to do? #ectree

Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence #ectree

172 touches in an hour. Can an orange tree get swine flu? #ectree

In addition to tweeting at the account Connected Tree, the high-tech tree can also react to changes in its environment by speaking, playing music, and turning lights on and off.

Check out more crazy things that can tweet, from pets and cows to butts and beds.


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