A Little Tweeting “Ewok”

Tweet Receiving, that is. This Ewok model, named “Ewen the Cheerlight,” is able to rotate its head left and right as well as show expressions. The most interesting feature of this hack, however, is that the little Ewok actually wakes up each time one tweets a “colour” to @cheerlights and lets it’s owner [Joel] know what he thinks of the “color” you’ve chosen. [Joel] insists that he’s like this featured on [HAD], although it remains to be seen if it will soon be turned off after the tweets start rolling in…

As far as how the device works, the head is turned with a simple hobby servo motor, and the expressions are shown on a LED matrix. The model itself is built from a polystyrene ball and an old table lamp. The build really looks awesome.

All of this is controlled by an Easy USB Interface Board which is listed on [Pozible], the Australian version of [Kickstarter]. Be sure to check out the video of “Ewen” in action after the break!


  1. Brook Keele says:

    That’s a jawa, not an ewok. #fail

    hehe, Otherwise, very cool.

  2. keville says:

    Dink dink, dink dink dink dink.

    (Spaceballs, anyone?)

  3. Joel says:

    Ha! you are nerds! (maybe thats “we”)

    When i built him, I didnt think anyone would know what a jawa is!

    Poor guy has been a bit restless this morning…

  4. SelfSilent says:

    Starwars character fail.

  5. Brandon says:

    But while we’re on the subject of correction…
    it’s = it is
    its = possessive form of it
    I’d cite an example but The Oatmeal does it better.


  6. MrTaco says:


  7. Ewan says:

    I’m not a Jawa scavenger. I’m an honest Ewok used driod merchant.


  8. jcroll says:

    Now, if it fired taser shots at R2 builds at Star Wars cons with the command of a tweet, and then a pack of its comrades picked up the down’d droid and loaded it into the back of a van, and then auctioned it off to local hilbillies, THEN it would be awesome.

  9. Ed Minchau says:

    These aren’t the Jawas you’re looking for.

  10. robomonkey says:

    perhaps Jawas are just hairless Ewoks??

  11. Warwick says:

    Blatant social/psych experiment to pick out us pedants.

  12. anyone says:

    controlling things via twitter (clap…..clap……clap……clap….)

  13. Chris Dalton says:

    Oh…. It’s your Cousins ewok?

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