November 24th, 2010

Turkey Tracker 2010: It’s not a geeky Portland Thanksgiving without streaming video, an Arduino, Twitter, and some geogeeking


Turkey Tracker 2010: It’s not a geeky Portland Thanksgiving without streaming video, an Arduino, Twitter, and some geogeeking

For many people, things are starting to slow down as Thanksgiving approaches. But for others? Things are just heating up. Literally.

Yes folks, it is once again that time to turn our eyes toward Portland’s own Turkey Tracker, the Internet phenomenon that lets you and yours track turkey temperature and preparation in real time. Why? Because they can.

As always, Turkey Tracker 2010 features the usual Arduino enabled thermometer and real-time tracking of turkey temperatures. And live video. And live graphing. And photos. But this year, it also comes with some additional technology trimmings.

Like what? Well, like livestreaming video via iPhone so that you can get even closer to the action. Still not enough? Well, you can participate. How? By uploading photos to the awesome Turkey Tracker map, a mashup of photos and geolocation, created by none other than Adam DuVander, geogeek extraordinaire. And yes, have no fear turkey trackers, it does feature Adam’s namesake custom icons.

If you’re out and about, you can follow @turkeytracker on Twitter, stay tuned to what’s happening on Facebook, or upload photos to Flickr, enabling you to prove that the turkey isn’t the only one getting toasted.

Still not convinced? Well take 5 minutes, giblet head, and listen to Turkey Tracker creator Michael Weinberg spin the tale of Thanksgiving 2.0.

What’s that? You’re not into the whole turkey thing? Well, no worries my vegetarian and/or vegan friends. You can avert your eyes from the tracking of the bird and still partake in a little Oregon goodness for your Thanksgiving. That’s right. Tofurkey—America’s Leading Turkey Alternative Since 1995—is an Oregon product, too. Natch.

For more information, visit Turkey Tracker, like Turkey Tracker on Facebook, follow @turkeytracker on Twitter, or watch the livestream of the Turkey Tracker 2010 Thanksgiving turkey and its temperature in real time.

If you’re traveling, please be safe. If you’re staying, may your home and hearth remain warm. And here’s wishing a very happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

(Image courtesy Michael Weinberg. Used under Creative Commons.)

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