Filter turns Google's Street View into a text-based adventure. Here, Times Square, CNET headquarters, Steve Jobs' childhood home, and other spots get the retro treatment.
San Francisco City Hall
Wish you could see the world in code like Neo in "The Matrix?"
Nitsch's fondness for text-based art doesn't simply derive from the early days of the Internet.
"For many of us that have grown up with computers, text-mode art represents something deeper than nostalgia," Nitsch says on the Teehan+Lax labs blog. "It is an art form manifested from technological constraints, inspired by the same hacker ethos that build the early machines used to produce and view it."
Fancy a stroll in downtown San Francisco? Walk in the right direction and you might come across the CNET headquarters, shown here in glorious colorful text. Fortunately, the editors inside won't need to edit the babble in this image.
When Google announces a new version of Android, the Mountain View, Calif., company puts up a related statue in the front lawn of Building 44. In this photo, several Googlers pose in front of delicious Froyo and Gingerbread fixtures.
Peter Nitsch originally created this ASCII filter for another related project named "Painting with a digital brush," which you can learn more about in the video below.