When used with Twitter, LexIrie pulls in text from a search of Twitter for the term “I feel” (it is also configurable to search for any other terms) and then displays the search result that comes back. The results are whatever is returned from that real time search. What you see can be happy, sad, funny or incomprehensible. LexIrie then searches the returned results for key terms (like good, bad, and sorry) and then changes its light output to reflect the mood of what’s being displayed.
LexIrie is designed to operate without a connection to a computer which enables placement in many locations. Once configured it requires only an ethernet cable and a power source.
LexIrie is inspired by the installation Listening Post by Mark Hansen and Ben Rubin. It was originally designed to be powered by the site We Feel Fine A year after LexIrie was launched a similar (but not associated) product, the all-knowing Twitter orb, was demoed by Mark Frauenfelder on the Colbert Report.