When Google Street View and ASCII art collide
Wish you could see the world in code like Neo from "The Matrix?" A nostalgic programmer creates an ASCII filter for Google Street View that makes for some unique views of the world.
Long before 1080p video and high-resolution imagery, a special graphic design style known as ASCII art enabled amateur artists to create unique images on computers through specifically formatted text.
The glory days of text art invading e-mails and bulletin boards are mostly gone. But you can at least take a stroll down memory lane with a Web site that automatically converts Google Maps' Street View into a world of colorful ASCII art.
The ASCII art conversion taps WebGL to create the ASCII view on the fly, which means you need Chrome, Firefox 8 (and beyond), or any other CORS WebGL-compatible Web browser to make the filter work.
Crave picked a few keen examples of how this ASCII filter changes the view. What locations would you check out on ASCII Street View?
(Via Huffington Post)